Filmmakers Start Film Project to Help Christians Fight Porn – Putting an End to Another 'Glamor Phase'

Ecumenical News: Timothy Fowler -Monday, June 10 2013

The production team of “Shamed”, a documentary which seeks to help Christians battle pornography, at the first shoot in April 2012. The producers are currently fundraising so they can complete the project. Two filmmakers are working to produce a documentary which will help Christians overcome pornography.Photo: Shamed website

Jessica Mockett, director and co-producer, and her co-producer Jordan Harker are shooting interviews and raising funds for the film, called “Shamed.”

“Porn is a difficult topic, especially among Christians who shun the idea, but are still consumers of the product,” said Mockett on a teaser video on the film’s website.

Harker said, “It’s time for the Christian community to come together on this issue so we can learn, grow and especially heal.”

While Mockett and Harker have completed the first phase of production, they need more funds to complete filming.

“Every second $3,075.64 is spent on porn. At that rate, it would take 36 seconds to raise the money Shamed needs to finish filming,” they say on their website.

The producers said Shamed is about removing the shame and secrecy around pornography/sex addiction.

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They also said that the film fights pornography by giving hope to struggling addicts and their families, and by giving them the education and tools needed to find “what they need most – a way out.”

Mockett told LifeSiteNews.com that the film will approach the issue of sex from a Christian ethics point of view.

She told Citizen Link magazine, an affiliate of the Christian organization Focus on the Family, she was inspired to do Shame after developing a sincere interest in the subject matter, although she doesn’t personally struggle with pornography.

Mockett told the Rockdale Citizen newspaper in Georgia that she also got involved because she saw the damage it did to friends and acquaintances.

“I have likened pornography to the tobacco industry of yesteryear, ” said Mockett in Citizen Link. “”If you look back to old advertising in the 40s and 50s or old films from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, you see smoking glamorized quite a bit.”

She noted that the U.S. Surgeon General didn’t begin warning about the harmful effects of cigarettes until the 1960s.

“I feel like we are in that ‘glamor’ phase’ right now,” said Mockett.

The filmmaker said that Hollywood and the media have made sex pervasive in culture.

“It’s absolutely everywhere – objectifying the human body,” said Mockett.

She said that the media’s message about porn is that it is acceptable.

“I think it’s particularly devastating for the rising generation.”

Shamed will educate viewers in media literacy. It will also talk about the various paths that lead to pornography addiction.

The film will also feature experts from different organizations and Christian therapists.

Mockett and Harker are accepting donations for the project on the film’s site at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shamed-a-documentary.

They note that they are not close to their fundraising goal. However, the website says that donated funds “will sit in the bank and keep warm” until they get enough money to move on with production.