If Nick Loeb was a libertarian trying to make an anti-government documentary in the old Soviet Union, this story would make more sense.
Nick Loeb is making a movie about the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that forced all fifty states to legalize abortion. And that movie has been kept secret! Like a resister in Eastern Europe back in the days of the Iron Curtain using fake papers, Loeb has used a fake name to hide the real nature of his movie project. But when the true identity of his film is learned, he has to deal with all sorts of persecution.
The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Secret ‘Roe v. Wade’ Film Now Shooting in New Orleans (Exclusive).”
While Loeb has been in the news in recent years because of his ongoing custody battle over frozen embryos with former girlfriend Sofia Vergara of Modern Family, there’s been little information about the filmmaker’s new project, save for a flurry of articles five weeks ago alleging that Facebook wasn’t allowing him to use its platform to raise money for the story of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion.
The radio silence — until now — has been by design, both for the security of the cast and crew and in order to obtain shooting locations. To accomplish the latter, Loeb and Allyn have been shooting the film, which will wrap principal photography around July 15, under a fake title that the pair will not disclose.[…]
Even with the secrecy, it’s been a challenging shoot. At Louisiana State University, 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 Loeb is an alum, the film shot one day, but after the school newspaper reported on the nature of the project, producers were denied a second day of shooting, according to Loeb. (Both Tulane and LSU say logistics were the problem, not the content of the movie.)
And 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,“ Loeb says.
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