director Sal Bardo, who was recently featured on /bent’s list of 50 LGBT Filmmakers to
Follow, is Kickstarting his new project, “Pink Moon,” a short
film about two teens who are forced to hide an unintended pregnancy in a
society where heterosexuals are persecuted and abortion is forbidden. The film
is a companion piece to a feature length screenplay, which was a semi-finalist
in the Cinestory Screenwriting Contest and Final Draft’s Big Break Contest last
Bardo explains his motivation behind the project: “There’s an all-out assault on
reproductive rights happening across the U.S. right now. The religious right
can’t win in the courts and they can’t win on public opinion, so they’re
gerrymandering congressional districts and taking over legislatures to pass
draconian laws that restrict a woman’s access to safe, legal abortion services.
It’s the exact same tactic they’re now using to chip away at LGBT rights,
implementing these Jim Crow-style laws against gays under the guise of
But, he insists, “Pink Moon” is a love story. The
film will star up-and-coming actor Brandon Tyler Harris, who, though straight,
claims he was called “faggot” and “queer” in school. A
video was recently released in which Harris explains why he wanted to be a part
of the film:
The Kickstarter campaign for “Pink Moon” ends on
Monday. Watch the pitch here.
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