A feature-length documentary about gun violence in New Orleans, will feature Big Freedia.
Freedia Got a Gun focuses on Big Freedia following the loss of her brother, Adam Ross, to gun violence, one of many shot in New Orleans in 2018. (FYI: 95% of gunshot victims are black)
Freedia has been on a quest to uncover the root causes of gun violence and its intersections with race and toxic masculinity. She herself has been shot, as well as more than 70 acquaintances, friends & family members.
The film will be directed by Emmy-award winner Chris McKim, who also acts as producer alongside World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.
Bailey and Barbato said in a joint statement,
“Through Big Freedia’s lifelong and often heart-wrenching relationship with guns, we see the complexities of the issues surrounding gun control. She has not only lost family to gun violence, but also nearly lost her own life when she herself was shot. Big Freedia’s candor about her experience speaks for many whose voices go unheard in America’s current gun debate.”
Barbato and Bailey received the David Lyle Maverick Award at the 2019 Realscreen Summit in New Orleans in recognition of their longstanding, groundbreaking work in unscripted television content.
(via Real Screen)