Last year, I co-wrote and co-produced a movie called Loves Her Gun.
It still seems like a dream that the film even happened.
One day we were coming up with an idea for a movie, the next day we were shooting it. For a month.
And in that time, I don’t think I slept, took a proper bowel movement or tended to my daily needs such as personal hygiene or eating.
Filmmaking is both an exhilarating and exhausting experience.
Guerrilla filmmaking is both those things times TEN MILLION HUNDRED!
Imagine feeding a crew of 30 on no budget (sorry, guys…I’m glad you liked the cream cheese sandwiches though), housing five-ten people in your home, driving an old-school RV half-way across the country in 30 hours, experiencing a devastating wildfire that effected the lives of several of our crew members, working on a movie with your boyfriend and generally feeling like poo-poo that you can’t pay people Hollywood pay because you’re a little movie mostly funded by credit cards.
THAT is what Austin filmmaking is all about. In this town, filmmakers get it done NO MATTER WHAT.
And we wouldn’t want it any other way (except for the part about not having money).
For those of you not familiar with the project, here is a little blurb…
Loves Her Gun, a story of a twenty-something hipster who flees Brooklyn for Austin, was born out of my very late night panic attacks, and though I have never been victim to anything other than several bad haircuts and some questionable fashion choices inspired by Elton John, the safety concerns were a very real (delusional) fear that we decided to elaborate on. Our protagonist, Allie Perkins, leads a very meandering lifestyle in Brooklyn. With no job and a douchey boyfriend, it’s no surprise that she hops on the next bus (i.e a Japanese flag-painted RV full of karate rock musicians) down to Austin, Texas after becoming the victim of a brutal attack. Despite her seeming improvement as she settles into the slower-paced lifestyle of Austin and garners the affections of Clark Rodriquez, a recent hipster transplant from Mexico, Allie’s anxieties and fears continue to haunt her. She quickly falls into Texas gun culture as a means to feel safe, but begins walking a fine line between reasonable self-preservation and paranoid withdrawal. As she spends more time on the shooting range than she does in her apartment, can she maintain healthy relationships, or will the weapons she uses to protect herself actually cause her problems worse that the ones she was fleeing?
We’re proud of the amazing talent we had on board with Loves Her Gun, including actors Trieste Kelly Dunn (Cold Weather, Canterbury’s Law, Bored to Death, Banshee), Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil), Ashley Spillers (Saturday Morning Massacre, The Bounceback, Zero Charisma, Slacker 2011) and Melissa Hideko Bisagni (Medicine For Melancholy).
We are currently in post-production on the film and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We are currently working with sound designer Bob Kellough (The Gray, Snow White and the Huntsman) and composer Hanan Townshend (To the Wonder) to make this little project of ours shine!
I alluded earlier that making a film is FUCKING EXPENSIVE. We’ve managed to complete the majority of the movie without having to become desperate assholes constantly asking our friends and loved ones for money. However, sometimes you’ve just got to bite the bullet and
crawl on your hands and knees begging for handouts make an Indiegogo page.
If you’re interested in becoming a backer in the film and seeing your name up on the movie screen, you can do so by going here (we’re offering some other sweet swag too).
Or, if you know of producers or super wealthy people who like financing films, send us their way!
For those of you curious as to what the film looks like, here is a clip of the film from our Indiegogo page.