Archive of films American Gun / American Gun

2005, 90 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2006

Easy access to weapons for young people has become a nightmare for American society. Portraits of four protagonists – a single mother, a student, a high school principal and a firearms dealer (Donald Sutherland) – create a testimony of how this problem dramatically affects the lives of all Americans.


Four seemingly unconnected stories and their protagonists (a firearms dealer, a top student, a single mother and a high school principal) create the fundamental theme of the film, a problem which traumatises the daily life of American society: easy access to weapons, even for young people. The media are commemorating the third anniversary of a tragic event when an armed school pupil opened fire on his classmates and then turned the gun on himself. Janet, the single mother of the young assassin, finds herself unwillingly in front of the cameras once more, being cross-examined about the past. Now she is afraid for her younger son David, who has reached the same age as his brother when he died... However, the tragic stories of the mothers of other school snipers and their stricken families mean nothing to the grittily indifferent gun shop owner (Donald Sutherland).

About the director

Aric Avelino

Aric Avelino graduated from Loyola Marymount University. At the age of 17 he made his first short film Just a Game of Dominoes (1994), which he also shot and edited. That same year he wrote his first screenplay for the feature-length film Thieves Among Us. Since then he has directed three shorts, for which he also stood behind the lens: Central High (1997), April ’18 (1998) and American 1938 (1999). In addition he has shot several commercials. As a cameraman he shared in the production of nine short films for the LMU Health Center and, as film editor, he has also worked for MGM. The film American Gun (2005) is his feature debut.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Aric Avelino
Screenplay: Aric Avelino, Steven Bagatourian
Dir. of Photography: Nancy Schreiber
Music: Peter Golub
Editor: Richard Nord
Producer: Ted Kroeber
Production: AG Films
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden
Contact: Pathé International UK

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