Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Local anti-porn film faces uphill funding battle

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Promotional poster for Harmless
  • Promotional poster for 'Harmless.'
A press release we received a little while back began with the question: "Can you tell a faith-based story with horror?"

Given the biblical tales of sinners being cast into hell and suffering eternal damnation, I'm guessing you probably can.

In any case, that's the goal of Harmless, a Christian cautionary film produced and directed by Colorado Springs resident Rich Praytor.

Referred to in the release as a faith-based horror film, it tells the story of "a husband and father and his battle with pornography. He unknowingly releases an entity that begins to torture his family, friends and relationships. It’s a social commentary on how pornography can destroy someone’s life."

In order to make the story more compelling, and to avoid showing actual pornographic images, the filmmaker came up with the idea of personifying porn as an ominous entity lurking off-screen, in the style of faux documentaries like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project.

As noted in an earlier blog post, Praytor explains that he "took a page from the Steven Spielberg school and didn’t show the monster, just alluded to it like in Jaws.”

To finish production and finance a DVD and limited theatrical run, Praytor and company launched a Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, the deadline for reaching its $12,500 fundraising goal is this evening, and pledges have so far only reached $586, so it looks like Harmless may have to seek out other funding.

In the meantime, you can still view the Harmless trailer right here:

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