Making the John Wayne Gacy murders

By John Borowski

I am currently producing a film titled: The John Wayne Gacy Murders: Life and Death in Chicago. Through this blog, I wanted to relate some of the stories about making this film and filmmaking in general.  Initially, I wanted to produce local midwest crime stories starting with Gacy as funding for indie films has dried up more than the Atacama desert.

Production of the film began in July with a great start. Numerous people agreed to be interviewed and others helped out the production by volunteering their time and equipment. I started a gofund me as I felt kickstarter and indiegogo had time limitations whereas with gofundme I could have an ongoing fundraiser throughout the production so I could push the fundraiser throughout the making of the film.

Contributions were made to the fundraiser with some months making the monthly goal of $833 and other months falling a little short. I knew I could make some type of film for $10k, I just wasn’t sure what type of film it would be creatively, if at all, because of the extremely low budget.

By the end of September, Executive Producer and D.P. Robert Cappelletto and I filmed 6 interviews and location footage including one prison. In October, we have continued filming locations and interviewed one expert. Research is always continual during the film production with my latest read being The Chicago Killer by Joseph Kozenczach.

On a positive side the outpouring of support from fans, friends, and like-minded individuals has been amazing. The big companies and people with big money will not help us indies. It is the help and assistance from my fans and friends which keep me going in this insane business. Some amazing people have added my fundraiser to their weekly/monthly budgets. These are just some of the people who have helped the production of the film by either contributing funds, throwing fundraisers, or donating items to resell to benefit the film production. My heart will be eternally thankful to them and others who helped who may not want to be mentioned:

  • Herlaka Rose: Donated serial killer letters and artifacts.
  • Bela Fritz: Has a weekly fundraiser in Texas and raises funds for the film.
  • Donnie Wymer/Killer Culture Shop: Donated items.
  • Tim Kellum: Donated the Columbine painting by Lou Rusconi. (Still for sale.)
  • Brian Walsh: Drone operator/Executive Producer
  • Sam Hane: Limited Edition Autographed Pogo prints.
  • Alan R. Warren/House of Mystery Radio: Podcast show on Gacy.
  • Andrew Dodge: Donated Serial Killer artifacts.
  • Jason Turner/True Crime Horror Story: Podcast show on Gacy.
  • Rich Hillen, Jr.: Donated a song.

If I have missed someone, please know that I do truly appreciate your help! Stay tuned for another film update next month.

Copyright 2019 by John Borowski. All Rights Reserved.

John Borowski is an award winning independent filmmaker and author whose film works have garnered international acclaim and are distributed internationally on dvd, television, and streaming. Borowski’s “historical horror” trilogy of documentary films focus on late nineteenth and early twentieth century serial killers.

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