GUN is the story of a gun. A gun that has the power to
move from place to place on its own volition.
The Gun gives a street
punk the power to climb the ladder of criminality from shoplifter to
killer; then it leads a frightened fisherman down the trail of
With each incident, the gun grows stronger in power,
until ultimately, in the final scene, it pulls its' own trigger.
Statement of Purpose
GUN is a visual and dramatic representation of the inherent
power of guns and their effect on people by their very presence.
Ever since I witnessed gun violence first hand while attending high
school in Chicago's inner city, I have had a strong feeling that the
very presence of guns affects the people and events around them. The
idea for GUN came to me while listening to the Beatles "Happiness
is a Warm Gun" on the stereo at the same time that I was reading a newspaper article
about handgun violence. Suddenly, I saw a series of images in my
mind's eye which then unfolded into a series of stories. The rest of
the story solidified when I rented a Magnum 44 prop gun and held it in
my hand. I felt a powerful force inherent in the gun and I studied its
presence and attempted to capture this presence on film.
Format: 16mm; Black & White; Sound
Featuring: Michael Leon, John Bernabei, James Cubby,
Ronald Agular and John Townsend
Los Angeles Film
Exposition (Filmex), USA, 1980; Future
Filmworks Showcase, Nuart Theater, USA, 1981
Z Channel, 1981.