These newscasts from the Tampa Bay area detail the production of the feature film, “The Profit.”
Courage Productions was formed by Bob Minton and Peter Alexander for the express purpose of producing a feature length film exposing Scientology.
Bob Minton was executive producer and funded the $2.5 million dollar production. Peter Alexander wrote and directed the film which was produced by Alexander’s partner, Patricia Greenway.
Production commenced in 2000 in and around Tampa Bay and much effort was taken to shield the film from Scientology’s glare. It wasn’t until the first day of location shooting that Scientology got a good idea of what was going on. Immediately, they sent people out to picket at the filming location.
These first newscasts happened after Scientology discovered the film was in production.
BROADCAST DATE: September 27, 2000
A year later, the film premiered at the Clearwater Cinema Cafe, a second run movie house where people could sit at tables and dine during the film. I attended opening night and reported on the sold-out performances. It had a very successful three week run at the theater and drew attention from the local TV stations.
BROADCAST DATE: August 24, 2001
By this time, the relationship between Bob and Peter had fallen apart, and Peter and Patricia had been removed from the board of the Lisa McPherson Trust. In the last of the newscasts, Patricia had decided to tell the reporter that the filmmakers no longer wanted to be associated with the LMT. That was how FOX 13 ended their news report.
I felt this was an unnecessary slap in the face to Bob who graciously had funded the film for millions of dollars and given the filmmakers complete artistic control of their project. The news report aired in the FOX 13 evening newscast and the following morning’s AM edition.
The first newscast attributed the quote to an unnamed production source and had me outraged. I called Bob and let him him know. Bob called Peter and Patricia and was told by Patricia that she had never said anything remotely like that, and it couldn’t be her they meant. The following morning’s broadcast (the one shown here) said the quote came from the film’s producer.
I documented this and other outrages on the newsgroup, alt.religion.scientology. Having bitten my tongue about the poor quality of the film, this petty slap from Patricia on what should have been the positive event of the film’s opening, made me reevaluate why I wasn’t being honest about the ineptitude of the film’s production so I sat down and wrote a lengthy review of the movie.Explore posts in the same categories: The Profit