The life-affirming film “Unplanned” finally found a way into Canada, where powerful distributors had blocked its pro-life message, only to result in threats against independent theaters.
B.J. McKelvie, whose company Cinedicon stepped forward to help, has confirmed to media outlets that theater managers and even staff members were threatened for allowing “Unplanned” to show on their screens.
McKelzie tells OneNewsNow that “pro-choice” groups have contacted him to complain about his involvement, too.
“Which is fine. Everybody has the right,” he says of the complaints. “But they're really trying to take people's choice away from even going to see the movie, and I find that rather ironic.”
Adopted from Abby Johnson’s memoir, the film tells the conversion story of Johnson from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life activist.
In the U.S., the movie reached No. 4 and grossed $18 million at the box office for its producer, Pure Flix, despite a media blackout and a controversial R-rating that likely chased away moviegoers.
OneNewsNow reported in May, however, that Canadian distributors were unhappy with the movie’s pro-life message which effectively banned it from distribution.
Two smaller theater chains, Cineplex and Landmark, have agreed to screen the movie. A couple of independent theaters signed on, too, and McKelzie says the smaller businesses presented easy targets.
“So they, for the safety of their families,” he says, “they opted to not show the movie.”
McKelzie told LifeSiteNews more specifically that two cinema owners contacted police after receiving death threats that were perceived as credible.
McKelvie tells OneNewsNow he is no longer advertising the names of the theaters, just the city where “Unplanned” will play, because the list was being used to target them.