( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Playing in Regal Union Square on December 2 @ 9:30 PM
ENSPIRE Contributor: Perry Merse Jr.
Filmmaker John Mossman partners with veteran and producer Kevin Cooper in his new film “Good Guy With a Gun.” Gun violence is a major issue in the United States, with a sharp divide between supporters and opposers. Mossman seeks to challenge both sides of the aisle with this film, challenging ideas about family and masculinity and addressing the fear and frustration caused by the January 6th Insurrection. Personally, Mossman encourages people towards debate instead of feeling forced to take a side. To achieve this, he has paired with Kevin Cooper of Amarok Productions, whose films revolve around the military and Veteran issues.
Two horrific incidents of gun violence: The Sandy Hook massacre and the January 6 insurrection inspired working to promote debate, “Good Guy With a Gun”. Mossman goes against the grain as a so-called “responsible gun owner” and an outdoorsman, hunter, patriot, and ardent Democrat. John is also a well-known and well-connected actor and director from Chicago.
John shares his views, saying, “I personally was horrified by the Jan. 6 ‘inaugurrection’ and increased radicalization of the gun culture I am associated with and could no longer remain silent. This story results from that experience and I am forever grateful for collaborators like Kevin and De, like-minded investors, and festivals who feel this story needs telling.”
Further, John’s connections to Kevin and DeAnna Cooper drive his point home, as Kevin is a veteran and is devoted to his wife through marriage and work.
Finally, John lays out his aspirations for the film, “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.”
The film stars Beck Nolan (Facial) as Will Greenwood, Tiffany Bedwell (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Tessa Greenwood, Jack Cain (Love, Victor) as Jonah, David Stobbe (Vronika) as Cade, Steppenwolf’s Ian Barford (13 Going on 30) as Jerry, Dan Waller (Canal Street) as Duke, indie powerhouse Joe Swanberg (You’re Next) as Tom Greenberg, veteran Chicago comic actor David Pasquesi (Veep) as Philip, Morgan P. Allen as Auggie, John LaFlamboy (The Moleman of Belmont Avenue) as Officer Osborne, John Mossman (Into the Wake) as Riggs, and Liv Shine (Shining Girls) as Donelle. Jennifer Jelsema (Come As You Are) as Anna, Chad Kaple as Mr. Hargis, Elizabeth Laidlaw (The Red Line) as Marilyn, Kathy Scambiatterra (Into the Wake) as Mrs. Zirzow, Skye Shrum (Number 6) as Noreen, Roger Welp (Saint Frances) as Officer Kruegher and Todd Wojcik as Father Tinley.
“Good Guy With a Gun” is produced by Kevin Cooper (Secondhand Lions) and DeAnna Cooper (Miss Arizona), in association with John LaFlamboy’s Zombie Army Productions and Minimal Productions, casting by Claire Simon (Man of Steel), cinematography by Christopher Lane (Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom), production design by Emmy Weldon (Spies Are Forever), costume design by Yasmina Gvodjian (Pools), sound mixing by Nickolas Engelman (Wake Up), editing by Ana Christian (Work in Progress), coloring by C. Ryan Stemple, makeup by Alana Areyzaga (Decrescendo), weapons mastery by Matt Stratton, stunts by Greg Poljacik post sound by Noisefloor Ltd, and publicity by Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR (Liza Anonymous).
Watch the trailer here.
Tickets can be purchased here.
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