A photographer’s quest to find America’s real gun experts: men, women, and children from all backgrounds throughout the country who were shot and survived.
Purple Heart recipient, blues singer, bank vice president, bishop, ex-prostitute, bus driver, police officer, college student, ex-gang member, teacher, mother, Little League coach, rock musician, third-grader. What unites all these people? They are all gunshot survivors. They are also all featured in a photo series by photographer Kathy Shorr called SHOT. The ubiquity of gun violence in the United States has produced a numbing effect, a sense of helplessness that allows us to hear news of another shooting and think, “Here we go again,” then put it out of our minds. The goal of the SHOT photo series and the film is to focus attention on the stories of survivors of gun violence, people whose voices are seldom heard and whose stories are largely unknown. Graphic but surprisingly inspiring, the survivor’s stories bypass polarizing arguments and embody the effects of US gun laws.
About the Filmmakers
Rob Epstein is a director, writer and producer who has been crafting moving, thought-provoking and socially relevant content for over three decades. Since 1987, Rob and his producing partner Jeffrey Friedman have worked under the Telling Pictures banner, traversing the worlds of non-fiction and scripted narrative. Rob has produced films that have screened worldwide, in cinemas, on television, home video and digital platforms, at museums, and at leading film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York. Rob has received two Academy Awards®, five Emmy Awards, three Peabodys and both a Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowship. Rob continues to explore and cultivate the unique brand of socially relevant storytelling that is embodied in his pioneering and award-winning range of work.
Jeffrey Friedman grew up in New York City, where he began his career at age twelve acting professionally off-Broadway. He began his film career apprenticing to some of the most respected filmmakers in the business, on such films as Marjoe (edited by Larry Silk, Academy Award®, Documentary Feature, 1972) and William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973). He worked with the legendary editor Dede Allen on the Arthur Penn segment of Visions of Eight (1973) and with Thelma Schoonmaker on Martin Scorcese's Raging Bull (Academy Award®, Film Editing, 1980). Jeffrey began editing on the NBC prime-time documentary series Lifeline (1978). He was associate editor on director Carroll Ballard's feature Never Cry Wolf (1983). He has edited numerous documentaries for television, starting with the PBS documentary Faces Of the Enemy (1987), for which he also received a co-directing credit. He edited the short HBO documentary Kings Point, which was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2013.