You guys know how I LOVE well-made short films, right? Like, I have a hard-on for that shit. Particularly thought-provoking ones that tackle difficult issues. Pink Moon is totally in that category. TOTES.
Pink Moon is the story of a boy and girl living in a society where heterosexuals are persecuted. As if having to hide their relationship wasn’t enough, the girl gets pregnant (oh, did I mention abortion is forbidden?). It’s a pretty simplistic description for a film that evokes such complex emotion. While the overly-obvious plot device of twisting certain civil rights issues on their heads might be cause for some initial concern, in reality you’ve got a relevant-to-us-all story that needs to be told.
And Pink Moon tells this story with a quiet kind of aplomb. It’s not overbearing in its story-telling, never heavy handed as it could have been in lesser hands than Sal Bardo’s. Brandon Tyler Harris and Cole Johnston as the teenage couple are breathtaking; their chemistry amazing and deeply affecting. The raw honesty here has the potential to shift viewpoints. Beautiful is really the best way to sum up watching this.
My only issue with the film was confusion on my part on how/why people can still have/are having children when heterosexuals aren’t meant to be together. Is it all accidental pregnancies? Insemination? Are there specified “breeders”? I realize there are different ways this could be done but the unclearness here, especially in the hospital scene, drug me out of the story for a moment. That was it though. Apparently a full length version of this movie is being made right now or in the near future (which I cannot WAIT to see!) so I’m hoping things are made a bit more clear in it.
My recommendation is that this be required viewing but since it’s a *free* world, I’ll just highly suggest it instead. 😉 Links to the website are above and Facebook links are in the photos and the movie is online and free. Approximately 17 minutes can give you a helluva lot to ponder.
Posted on 2015.20.July, in American Indie, Homegrown Cinema, Short Shorts and tagged brandon tyler harris, civil rights, cole johnston, gay and lesbian rights, heterosexual rights, jeremiah kipp, pink moon, reproductive rights, sal bardo, walk in someone else's shoes, what would you do. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.
Wow, You’re really updating frequently now! I enjoy the variety of films that you’re choosing and that they are not all just horror movies anymore. This one sounds like it would be worth checking out!
I’m trying! 🙂 I have a couple for this week, I just haven’t had time to post b/c of crazy crazy clients, oy, lol. And thanks. I get sent a lot more films straight from directors now so I cover the wider variety. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Wow, now I feel inferior as I don’t have any directors sending me movies. Who are your clients? What type of business are you in?
Don’t feel inferior, lol! It’s not like it’s a big deal, just why I review a wider variety now is all. 🙂 I work in social media marketing, writing and I guess web developing? I apparently build websites now and have started working with code despite the fact I know how to do neither of those things…so I’m not entirely sure what to call that. I’m a freelancer though and all my clients are in another state and two speak other languages, lol. It can be interesting. 😉