Ann McElhinney is a journalist, and film producer and director. Her most recent success is a massive crowdfuding campaign for a movie about Kermit Gosnell. The crowdfunding for the Gosnell movie was the most successful Indiegogo campaign ever. Over 26,500 people funded the film contributing $2.25m in 45 days. The campaign smashed a number of crowdfunding records. Gosnell is a ripped from the headlines story about a respected doctor who ran a medical clinic in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. But behind the doors of his clinic the smiling, avuncular Kermit Gosnell was also America’s most prolific serial killer. The project has attracted an enormous amount of media coverage on television, radio and with hundreds of articles written about the film and the historic crowdfunding. McElhinney is the director and producer of FrackNation – A Journalist’s Search for the Fracking Truth, a documentary on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the natural gas boom in the US and abroad.
FrackNation premiered January 22, 2013 on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and was later picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The New York Times called the film “meticulously researched… provocative.” Variety said it was a “briskly paced…mischievous pic.” FrackNation bypassed traditional funding methods and instead turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website. In 60 days, 3,305 backers donated $212,265 to tell the truth about fracking. It was one of the most successful campaigns in Kickstarter history. In 2009, she produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examines the devastating consequences of global warming hysteria. Previously, McElhinney produced and directed Mine Your Own Business – the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. Canada’s The National Post said “Mine Your Own Business is devastating because it combats prejudices and fantasies with pictures that refute thousands of weasel words.” McElhinney has also made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). The Search for Tristan’s Mum concerned the case of Tristan Dowse, a baby who was adopted by an Irish man and his wife in Indonesia. Two years later, when the adoptive mother became pregnant, they abandoned Tristan in an Indonesian orphanage.
The case outraged Ireland and McElhinney tracked down Tristan’s natural mother and, going undercover, infiltrated the baby-selling ring. Tristan is now living with his natural mother in Indonesia and the baby sellers are serving lengthy jail sentences. The Irish government initiated a high court protection order to protect Tristan’s interests and when delivering his judgment, Justice John McMenamin said McElhinney deserved the “highest of praise” for her investigative journalism. McElhinney was featured in and was the Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary Return to Sender (2005) for CBC. McElhinney has also written for or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including CNN, FOX News, ABC (US), BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland), The Sunday Times and The Irish Times. She is a regular on a number of US talk radio shows including The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Dennis Miller Show and The Dennis Prager Show. McElhinney has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in the US, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Ghana and Uganda. She is an entertaining and sought-after public speaker and has most recently spoken at conferences in Dallas (TX), Houston (TX), New York City (NY), Bonita Springs (FL), San Diego (CA), Chapel Hill (NC), Bakersfield (CA), Santa Fe (NM), Little Rock (AR), Santa Barbara (CA), Mayetta (KS), Billings (MO), Pittsburgh (PA) and many more. McElhinney produces and directs with her husband Phelim McAleer. FILMOGRAPHY: Gosnell (in development) Producer, FrackNation (2013) Director & Producer, Not Evil Just Wrong (2009) Director & Producer, Mine Your own Business (2006) Director & Producer, The Search for Tristan’s Mum (RTE, 2005) On Screen Journalist, Return to Sender (CBC, 2005) Associate Producer, Romanian Twins (BBC, 2004) Assistant Producer