Filmmaker Geoff Marslett is a Texas native and “Loves Her Gun” is his second feature film. His previous feature, “Mars”, was an animated sci-fi rom-com. He teaches at the University of Texas and plays in a karate rock band that is featured in his film.
What it’s about: Loves Her Gun is about Allie’s response to fear. A gun changes her reactions from flight to fight, but will the weapon she uses to feel safe again cause more problems then it solves?
On the role of guns in film: “Guns are shown as totally unrealistic and simultaneously glorified and vilified. In almost no cases are they portrayed as a small part of many american’s everyday life. Since the events of our story take place around guns, we made sure to keep the portrayal as realistic as possible. The cast learned to safely use the firearms and (with the exception of one scene) fired live rounds in all the scenes.”
Films that inspired him: “David Byrne’s “True Stories” is a totally different film, but it is still a film about what it feels like to be in Texas. I hope we captured some of that exotic, but completely realistic tone. I would also say films like “Taxi Driver” influenced us. I wanted a protagonist who is relatable, but flawed. I wanted to give Trieste the chance to play a female protagonist that is not just badass or angelic…but rather a real person…likable, tough, interesting and sometimes wrong and dangerous.”
What he hopes audiences will walk away with: “This is a story about one particular woman’s struggle with fear and search for a way to feel safe again. I want the audience to sympathize with her and follow her internal struggle. That’s what the film is about, but it is presented in the context of Texas gun culture and especially with the timeliness of issues around gun ownership, I expect this to raise questions. I hope the audience sees the way we deal with these issues in an un-exagerated real life way and contemplate the pros and cons on both sides of the issue.”
What’s next: “I am working with graphic novelist James Kochalka on a couple of nuerotic action movie scripts. They are both pretty ambitious, meaning I need a bigger budget to realize, but assuming I can raise that Mechaboys or Magic Boy vs. the Robots will probably be next for me. I am also in the early stages of co-producing a documentary with Lauren Modery.”
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