A teenage girl decides to stage a musical reenactment of the tragedy that took place at her high school ten years ago.
Are you worried about making a dark comedy that deals with the aftermath of a school shooting? Me too. But I’m more worried about not making this film. About there not being a film that cuts through the thoughts and prayers. I clearly remember the day my kid came back home from school in his first month of kindergarten and reported that they’d had a lockdown drill. Oh, I asked, What’s that? Well, he said, We hid in the bathroom and had to be quiet so that dangerous animals wouldn’t get us. I still think about this when I send him to school. And when I go into a grocery store. Or a movie theater. I look for exits, make a plan of escape. We, as a society, have normalized this. We've normalized the American-ness of gun culture. In making this film, I hope to jolt the audience into an urgent, if uncomfortable realization: This is not normal. And it's time to change the culture.
While RUN AMOK is a work of fiction, it speaks to a very real issue we face in the United States: an unconscionable amount of gun violence and gun-related deaths. Part of the driving force in making this film is to draw attention to this issue-- and, we hope, spark discussion that can help contribute to a change in our gun culture. This film is meant to spark discussion, so we're glad to partner with Project Unloaded to provide a few questions for folks to consider after they watch the film.
THINGS TO PONDER
• What was your earliest awareness of the threat of school shootings? What conscious or unconscious changes have you made in response to that threat?
• Meg is proposing a theatrical reenactment of a shooting that took place at her school. What role does art play in addressing traumatic events?
• Do you think the Mr. Shelby and Principal Linda responded reasonably to Meg? If you were in their shoes, what would you have done differently?
• The characters have different connections to the shooting that took place at the school. Who should get to decide how a mass shooting is remembered?
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
A FILMATICS PRODUCTION
IN ASSOCIATION WITH MAMAFILM
ALYSSA EMILY MARVIN • MEG
GENEVA CARR • PRINCIPAL LINDA
ZOE WILSON • PENNY
BRANDON J. DIRDEN • MR. SHELBY
ROWAN MEYER • MR. FLINT (VOICE)
SHACHAR LANGLEV • DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
KATE RANCE • PRODUCTION & COSTUME DESIGNER
TOM DOMINGUES • EDITOR
NATALIA IYUDIN • EDITOR & CO-PRODUCER
KRISTINA JAMES • COMPOSER
ERICA A. HART • CASTING DIRECTOR
JUDITH KENNY • ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
DEVIN BERKO • LINE PRODUCER
CHRISTOPHER JAMES LOPEZ • UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER
ASHLEY GEORGE • FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
KATE BURDUZHAN • SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
IRYNA DEMIANIUK • ASSISTANT PRODUCTION & COSTUME DESIGN
SUSAN MEI • 1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA
WARUT SNIDVONGS • GAFFER
NELLI TOTH • KEY GRIP
PRABHAT GURUNG • GRIP
JAKARI LISTER • GRIP
RACHEL VILLEGAS • SOUND MIXER
COLETTE SWEENEY • HAIR & MAKEUP
TAMAR ROGOFF • CHOREOGRAPHER
SOPHIA SHEDD • HARPIST
OFER WOLBERGER • SET PHOTOGRAPHER
OTHER NYC • VISUAL EFFECTS
YIBIN ‘AB’ SU • COLORIST
QUENTIN CHIAPPETTA • SOUND DESIGN & EDITING
KIAH AMARA • ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTANT
TYLER EMERSON • LEGAL COUNSEL
VINCE RAVINE • LEGAL COUNSEL
KYLIE BROWN • WEBSITE
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