'Serial killer' movie project launches via crowdfunding

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is shown in this courtroom artist sketch during his sentencing at...

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is shown in this courtroom artist sketch during his sentencing at Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg)

Brian Lilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A campaign to produce a made-for-TV movie about "America's most prolific serial killer" through a crowdfunding website was caught up in controversy before it even launched.

Veteran journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer is looking to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortion doctor convicted of multiple murders and 21 illegal abortions. Gosnell's crimes were made public after a grand jury investigation in Philadelphia in 2011, his trial last year attracted scant media attention despite the horrific nature of the crimes.

But McAleer's plan to raise more than $2 million via the website Kickstarter was thrown off course after the website objected to the description of the project and raised concerns about the political convictions behind the project.

"This is unacceptable to us and it should be unacceptable to any filmmaker particularly on a platform such as Kickstarter which claims to be all about artistic freedom," McAleer said.

McAleer pointed to other projects with delicate subject matter or outright foul language such as films being made about rape, several projects that use the word "stab" in their descriptions or f**k in the title.

In a news release, the producer said that Kickstarter was attempting "to restrict the detailing of Gosnell's crimes."

"Kickstarter's actions are particularly odious and alarming because they are an attempt to censor factual descriptions of a serial killer's actions," McAleer said.


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