A crowdfunded film about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell that started production today is looking for hundreds of “volunteer” extras to fill a church for a wedding scene in Oklahoma City on Saturday. Trouble is, Federal minimum-wage laws require that all workers be paid at least $7.25 an hour — even extras.
“Please remember that this a volunteering opportunity and we are not able to provide any accommodation, transportation or reimbursement for any expenses incurred,” the producers said in a notice sent to supporters as well as casting and other Hollywood contacts. “You will have an opportunity to be a part of this important untold story that the mainstream media covered up.”
In addition to the appeal to volunteers, the producers had put out a casting notice for 100 paid extras to appear in the scene.
The film, Gosnell: America’s Biggest Serial Killer, is about doctor Gosnell, who in 2013 was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three newborns who died during botched abortions by having their spinal cords severed with scissors.
The producers’ claims that Gosnell killed “thousands of babies” got the project kicked off of Kickstarter, but it got a greenlight to use Indiegogo — where it raised more than $2M.
Husband and wife producers Phelim and Ann McAleer have previously made anti-global warming and pro-energy industry documentaries.
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