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Pharma is based on the incredible true story of Dr. Frances "Frankie" Kelsey and her fight to keep a dangerous drug from being approved for the US market. Risking her career and family along the way, Frankie wages war against big Pharma in 1960, resisting intense pressure and threats from inside the FDA to expose the biggest unmonitored drug trial in US history.
Audiences hunger for compelling true stories that amplify light. Pharma is an important and critically relevant story for this moment in history. As we emerge from a global pandemic and new information comes to light each day, Frankie’s story highlights the risk of placing trust in huge corporations and government entities without proper oversight.
Dr. Kelsey’s heroic efforts are an example of what one person can do to prevent disaster and change the course of history.
Frankie’s story will inspire audiences for years to come and shine a light on the overlooked tragedy that has impacted tens of thousands of people around the world. Her battle was one of David and Goliath proportions: One woman taking on the billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose corruption and prevent a national tragedy.
The ramifications of this historical event still linger today. Though Dr. Kelsey’s efforts prevented a US disaster, many around the world suffered. To date, survivors of thalidomide have not received full restitution. Our goal is to highlight the courage of Dr. Kelsey and shine a light on one of history’s hidden stories. We hope to encourage survivors, by showing them that their story has not gone unnoticed, and impact audiences to take action in the face of injustice.
*Ashley Bratcher, most recognized for her breakout role as the star of Unplanned, will take on the supporting role of Dr. Barbara Moulton, who worked at the FDA around the same time as Kelsey. She became one of the first whistleblowers in the U.S.
Our total production budget is $12 million dollars for the development, production, postproduction, and attachment of key talent. Casting the perfect actress to play Dr. Kelsey will be critical and the power of a larger budget allows us to attach a household name talent to take on the monumental role. Our goal is to raise a significant portion of our budget through crowdfunding, in addition to commitments from private investors. Part of this budget will be allocated to ongoing development, with the balance allocated towards production and distribution. By expressing interest, you’ll be raising awareness that this story should be seen on screens around the world.
Ashley Bratcher, award winning actress and the star of the box office hit Unplanned, is the lead producer of the project. Unplanned premiered at number 4 its opening weekend in the box office among major Hollywood Studio competition including Captain Marvel, Us and Dumbo. According to Box Office Mojo, the film took in an estimated $6,110,000 at the end of the weekend, with a cumulative per-screen average of $5,770 on just 1,059.
To date, it has grossed over $21 million dollars off of a modest $6 million dollar budget. Ashley’s heart for telling true stories that encourage positive change has been the driving force for bringing Pharma to the screen.
In 2020, Ashley founded her own production company, Simple Jane Films, to focus on creating content about ordinary women with extraordinary stories. She is backed by an executive team with a combined 15 years' experience in filmmaking and movies. Their areas of expertise include screenwriting, production, public relations, acting, marketing, business law, and distribution.
Ashley is CEO of Simple Jane Films, an award-winning actress, producer, and star of the box office hit, Unplanned. With nearly a decade of on set experience serving in multiple departments, she brings a breadth of knowledge to each project. In addition to her work on screen, Ashley is dedicated to using her platform to encourage positive change. Following the success of Unplanned, Ashley joined forces with Heartbeat International to establish the Unplanned Movie Scholarship, a fund that serves mothers seeking to further their education.
Shelby is a publicist and branding strategist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Business Studies. As the personal manager of Ashley Bratcher during the press tour for Unplanned, she has built a global network, working with major international media outlets including NBC, Fox, and more.
Dori is a producer, screenwriter, and an attorney. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science/International Studies and from the University of Arizona College of Law cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree. Dori has over 20 years' experience practicing business law and litigation. She also holds a Series 65 investment license and has acted as an Investment Adviser Representative. She is also the CEO of Athena Ink, a production company dedicated to telling the untold stories of strong women heroes throughout history.
Nicole is an executive producer, actress, and owner of Weider Entertainment. Her previous work includes Switched, starring Denise Richards and John Schneider, which was bought and released through Vertical Entertainment. Nicole also executive produced Catching Faith 2, starring Bill Engvall, which was bought and released by RLJ Entertainment, an AMC subsidiary. One of her missions is to highlight strong women's stories through film.
Though investing in movies is incredibly risky, and a return on investment can never be guaranteed, we feel that the profitability of biopics has remained consistent over the years. Films such as Hidden Figures, Erin Brockovich and The Imitation Game have realized enormous profits at the box office. These kinds of movies often become classics, proving the test of time, and creating more downstream revenue for years to come. If a crowdfund offering for Pharma goes live, we will bring this historical biopic to life in a way that traditional Hollywood has never done before, utilizing the innovative model of Angel Studios.
*Success in other projects does not guarantee success in Pharma. There can be no assurance that the projected results will be obtained, and actual results may vary significantly from the projections.
Pharma is a story of investigative action, emotional drama, high stakes, and courage. This is your chance to be a part of movie history, creating a legacy with a movie that explores history while entertaining, engaging, and inspiring its audience.
Unlike other crowdfunding campaigns, we’re not looking for donations, we're gauging interest to sell equity in the project. That means if the movie succeeds in earning enough revenue, our investors could earn a share of the profits. *
With the Angel model and the success of The Chosen, we’ve learned that when projects are done right, they can reach millions of people… and we don’t have to make them at the mercy of Hollywood. We share our profits with you, instead of lining the pockets of Studio Executives. *
*Success of The Chosen is determined on views and revenue, not on profit. There is no guarantee of any return. The success of other projects does not guarantee the success of this project.