Nick Loeb’s ‘Roe v. Wade’ Film Shooting in New Orleans
Producer/Writer/Director Nick Loeb and his production partner, Cathy Allyn, began shooting their pro-life feature film on 15 June in and around New Orleans.
There has been little information about the filmmaker’s new project, except for some articles 5 weeks ago alleging that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) was not allowing him to use its platform to raise money for the story of the Y 1973 US Supreme Court decision that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion.
The silence has been by design, both for the security of the cast and crew and in order to obtain shooting locations.
To accomplish the latter, Mr. Loeb and Ms. Allyn have been shooting the film, which will wrap principal photography around 15 July under a fake title “1973”
The film has been under such tight wraps (NDAs) that the major cast-members had not been revealed
The 2 Key Supreme Court justices are played by a Hollywood’s more outspoken conservatives, Jon Voight and Robert Davi, and other Justices are played by Corbin Bernsen, John Schneider, Steve Guttenberg, William Forsythe, Wade Williams and Richard Portnow.
Stacey Dash plays Mildred Jefferson, the 1st Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the former President of National Right to Life.
The shoot has been challenging
At Louisiana State University, Mr. Loeb says, “we were told we were rejected due to our content, even though it will be a PG-rated film. They refused to put it in writing, but they told us on the phone it was due to content.”
At Tulane, where Mr. Loeb is an Alum, the film shot 1 day, but after the school newspaper reported on the nature of the project, producers were denied a 2nd day of shooting, according to Mr. Loeb.
Then there was a synagogue in New Orleans that producers rented for catering and as a place for extras to hang out. “Once they found out what the film was about, they locked us out. We had to call the police so that the extras and caterers could retrieve their possessions,” Mr. Loeb said.
Casting has been a problem too, as actors have walked away once they realized there was a pro-life tilt to the film.
“We had to replace 3 local actors, including 1 who was to play Norma McCorvey, even after she begged for the role,” says Mr. Loeb. McCorvey was known as Jane Roe in the landmark legal case.
Also touched on in the film is that Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade also prosecuted Jack Ruby for killing Lee Harvey Oswald.
Ms. McCorvey’s attorneys, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, are played, respectively, by Justine Wachsberger and Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, while Lucy Davenport plays famed Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan.
The director, a woman, quit on the 1st day of shooting, so Mr. Loeb and Ms. Allyn are co-directing. They are also producers, and they co-wrote the script.
Mr. Loeb and Ms. Allyn say that the timing is perfect for their film, since the Roe v. Wade decision has been in the news due to Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing on 27 June he will retire from the Supreme Court.
That gave President Trump the opportunity to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night in Prime Time.
The filmmakers say there are some notable investors behind the project, though they will not reveal them. They are negotiating a distribution deal now and are aiming for a January release date, while Republicans are hoping to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this Fall.
The movie’s Executive Producer is Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and she also has a cameo in the film.
“There are lots of surprising cameos from controversial people in the news that I can’t tell you about — or more people might walk off the set,” say Director Loeb..
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