Independent filmmakers have successfully raised the money necessary to fund a movie project about late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Producers of "America's Biggest Serial Killer" were able to raise over $2.2 million by midnight on Monday, exceeding the minimum amount mandated by Indiegogo, the crowdfunding website they used.
Ann and Phelim Media, the people behind the crowdfunding project, said it was "by far the most successful non-celebrity crowdfunded film on ANY crowdfunding platform." It even beat "projects from Hollywood celebrities such as James Franco."
"Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American History, but almost no one knows who he is," reads the crowdfunding page on Indiegogo.com. "The mainstream media or Hollywood don't think this is a story. Even though Gosnell killed more people than Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacey, The Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined."
By midnight on Monday, the project received over $2.2 million, well passed their $2.1 million goal. Had they failed to reach the goal by Monday, all funds would have been returned.
In total, there were approximately 26,500 funders who contributed to the project, with some contributing as little as a dollar while others donated $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000.
Support for the project abounded on social media, with the Gosnell movie proposal garnering about 46,000 likes on Facebook, 36,000 tweets on Twitter, and over 450 postings on Google+.
Last year, Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies and of committing involuntary manslaughter due to a patient dying. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Later on, a court added 30 years to the 72-year-old's sentence when he was also found guilty of running a pill mill at his facility.
While initially ignored by many news media outlets, the Gosnell trial eventually gained national attention as it made some question the effectiveness of how abortion clinics were regulated.
Prosecutors described the Gosnell clinic in Pennsylvania as a "house of horrors" where babies and women died and fetal parts were collected by employees as trophies.
The filmmakers hope to show not only the horrors of the Gosnell clinic but also the apparent media cover-up of the activities at the facility.
As of Tuesday morning, the Facebook page for the Gosnell film had over 3,600 likes. The website for the project has only a home page complete with information for any interested in further donations to the project.