The following interview came via email to Cal Catholic in early April.
Tell us about your feature film script The Great Stippings – the setting, characters and story line.
Tim Maschler (Producer): The setting is a million dollar California enclave much like Laguna Beach or Montecito. The central character, Dr. Rodger Stippings lives at the end of the cul de sac, his presence preying on the inner lives of his neighbors – a mystery writer, a high-powered businesswoman and her teenage daughter, and a singer among others – because Stippings is their abortion doctor. Each woman carries the same secret, while their men live three-on-three basketball lives, oblivious to it all.
So the main character is an abortion doctor – that’s certainly different. What else distinguishes your movie from others dealing with this subject, like Juno, Bella, or October Baby?
Tim: The biggest difference is that our film takes moviegoers to a place they haven’t been before, as it reveals the fact and presence of God in the lives of these babies being murdered, their parents, and the doctors performing the abortions. It also reveals – artistically through a compelling story – that these murders are not performed in a vacuum. The other movies you mentioned, while compelling emotionally, leave out key information – like what really goes on behind the closed doors of these clinics.
Because the subject is abortion, would you say it’s more of a “women’s movie?”
Tim: On the contrary, Stippings takes abortion out of the realm of “women only.” Men have to step up and take accountability for what happens to these babies and the women who abort them. This film emphasizes that.
It sounds like this movie is not for the faint of heart.
Tim: True, but it also has hope. As Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said in his endorsement of Stippings: “As a film it will challenge those who are not afraid to touch the often frightening depths of our humanity, in the hope of healing it.”
What is the film’s budget, and how are you going about raising it?
Tim: The budget is $3.75 million. We’re seeking investors of all kinds, large and small: doctors, business and media people, students – anyone recognizes that this movie will be a means of striking a blow for truth like no other. Why? Because although the word “abortion” is never heard in the film, by the end we know what this holocaust is and how accountable we all are for its existence – by our actions or by our silence.
More information on the film and the producers can be found at www.stippings.com. To request a copy of a detailed business plan for the project, contact Tim Maschler, City Gate Productions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-215-8548.
God bless them…sounds like a great idea and different from the other pro-life movies. Depending on how well they convey…this movie can be very good and a big eye opener. I will keep them in my prayers , that God will provide what they need…may it be God’s holy will.
Thank you for your prayers! Keep the prayers coming and share with others about this movie. You can also like us on Facebook (City Gate Productions) and follow us on Twitter (@CityGateProd). Prayer updates will be posted on these sites. God Bless
Thank you so much…yes my prayers are with you…can we follow you on another way because I do not twitter nor facebook…..but it’s good that you do through these options so you can spread….
Please Read Wynette’s comments….
I would love to help bring this movie to Sacramento, the heart of the abortion industry’s political power within our state. Please let me know how this might be possible.
Not to change the subject but I just saw nuns on a TV game show called The American Bible Challenge and they are doing great! ( I know that we had an article about that here in the past) It’s so awesome to see them on TV. They are beautiful young traditional nuns….truly awesome!
OK now an update on the sisters….they won $20,000….hurray! They also have a chance to return and win $100 thousand. I think that is how the game show goes…I don’t know if I was watching a rerun..but lets keep the nuns in our prayers. It was lovely to see young beautiful nuns on a protestant bible show. They really represented our faith well, they knew their bible well and showed such a lovely humble disposition. God bless them….especially wearing traditional nun attire….really lovely! Praise Be Jesus Christ!