Producers of “The Parkland Doctors,” a documentary about the doctors who tried to save President Kennedy, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to complete the film.
The seven doctors in the film describe their efforts to resuscitate Kennedy in the emergency room at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on Nov. 22, 1963. They also recount the ensuing moments when the body was forcibly removed from the hospital and describe the irony of trying to save the life of accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, two days later.
Producers are Bill Garnet and Jacque Lueth. The film is a sponsored project of the Intl. Documentary Assn.
“We are on Indiegogo because we believe that the citizens of the internet have the power to ignite a public debate on this subject,” Garnet said. “While we need your financial support, we also need you to become activists and advocates for the truth.”
The physicians in the film are Drs. Donald Seldin, Robert McClelland, Ronald Jones, Kenneth Salyer, Joe D. Goldstrich, Peter Loeb and Lawrence Klein.
“Everyone in the country has a right to know whatever I happen to be able to tell them because this isn’t something personal — it’s information that belongs to the entire country,” McClelland said.
“Will people feel they have a better understanding of what actually happened in Trauma Room One? Absolutely, they will,” Goldstritch said. “That’s why this documentary is so important.”
The campaign’s goal is $50,000. Premiums include $1,122 for tickets to the film’s premiere and $6,300 for an associate producer credit.
“We have already shot the film and are 80% finished with the edit,” the producers said. “Your support will go towards post production, graphics, archival footage, music, sound and color correction. We’re hoping to exceed our $50,000 goal to be able to make a run for an Oscar.”
The assassination and its aftermath was the subject of Peter Landesman’s 2013 feature film “Parkland,” starring Paul Giamatti and Zac Efron. It played at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, but could not gain traction at the U.S. box office with a meager $1.4 million gross.
The Indiegogo site includes a trailer for “The Parkland Doctors”: