Klavan On The Culture

Great Idea: A Film Project Worth Supporting

Those of you who have read my essay The Crisis in the Arts know how strongly I feel about the battle for the culture.  I think conservatives have been foolish to allow the left to seize control of the high ground of American art and entertainment. I feel — to paraphrase Andrew Breitbart — that GOP fund raisers and operatives work us up into a panic every couple of years by telling us the fate of the nation rests on the outcome of this or that congressional race. We pour our money into their campaigns — and, meanwhile, the left plays the long game of eroding the American way in novels, in music, on television and at the movies.

This may be starting to change, and I’ve tried to highlight projects that could make a difference. Here’s a big one — with a chance for the rest of us to get in on the ground floor and join the fight.

Filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have launched what they call the “biggest ever crowd funding campaign.” Their goal: to finance a TV film about abortionist and serial killer Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was the worst serial killer in American history — but the media buried his story and mainstream Hollywood will never touch it. Why? You know why. Because Gosnell was an abortionist and in order to fully recognize the horrors of his crimes, you have to begin to think about the logic of abortion and the flimsy arguments that support it. Rather than let that happen, the mainstream media stayed away from one of the trials of the decade. Here’s a picture of the empty courtroom seats reserved for the press:

Like it says in the Bible: Jesus wept!

And the cover-up continues even now. Ann and Phelim had to remove their campaign from Kickstarter when the fundraising site threatened to edit their language and made noise about canceling the campaign. They moved their efforts instead to IndieGoGo.com.

“Gosnell killed more people than Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacy, the Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined,” Ann points out. “In a thirty year killing spree, it is thought he killed many thousands of babies.” But the media poured all its attention into the simultaneous trial of Jodi Arias, who killed her boyfriend. That story has already become a TV movie and has aired several times.

I think making a film about this story — the story of both the murders and the media cover-up —  is a genius idea. But even more importantly, I know Phelim and Ann and I know they are capable of making a terrific movie. Phelim and Ann are the crusading documentarians who exposed Al Gore’s global warming hysteria in Not Evil, Just Wrong and struck back against the dishonest demonization of fracking in Fracknation. They are talented, dedicated, honest and tough. I think this movie could be brilliant.

Money’s tight for most of us right now. But listen, if you’re going to give ten bucks to a politician, consider giving one of those bucks to this project. The Gosnell baby killings are one of the worst crimes in our history and the media’s near-silence constitutes one of the worst cover-ups in the history of the press. The truth should be told — and if you’re holding your breath waiting for Hollywood to do it, I hope you’ve got really, really big lungs.

You can donate whatever you can here.