Synopsis: Will Greenwood, a Chicago teenager forced to come to terms with his father’s violent death, visits a small town and finds solace in a group of local kids. When the town bully threatens Will’s new friend, how far will he go to protect him…especially with a gun? It is a coming of age drama where young men and guns come crashing together….
Joe Swanberg (Tom Greenwood)
Ian Barford (Jerry)
Elizabeth Laidlaw (Marilyn)
DeAnna Marie Cooper
“Families have always had their challenges. Teenagers will rebel. Parents will split. Loved ones will die. Together we worked through the problems and the grief. But the new political landscape has driven a steel wedge between loved ones and the issues that families have dealt with for decades are now magnified by politicians and a media eager to profit – the result being an inability to connect with some of the most important people in our lives.
A type of jet fuel being added to this fire is the emotionally charged issue of guns, which combined with stoked elements of masculinity, fear and frustration, has created an explosive new cocktail pouring through the veins of our nation; one that unfortunately shows no sign of abating as we witness the continued radicalization of young men and the polarizing nature of the gun debate. Despite the blowback they might face, many responsible gun owners are ready to acknowledge the sickness of gun worship and the fallacy of the apocalyptic “Good guy with a gun” world-view that has gained so much traction of late.
With this film I hope to explore the danger and at times the appeal of going down this path, and the extraordinary difficulty of turning back – and ultimately the enduring power of family to see us through dark times.”
John Mossman, Director-Screenwriter. John has written and directed numerous award-winning films, including the feature film Into The Wake, winner of the Industry Choice Award at Dances With Films. His work has screened at the DGA, the Egyptian Theater as part of the American Cinematheque Series, and has won top awards at fests worldwide. His groundbreaking documentary on teen mental illness, There’s No Such Thing As Crazy, received Telly and Voice awards. He recently directed the stage adaptation of “Requiem For A Heavyweight” in Chicago, for which he won Jefferson Awards for Best Direction and Best Production.