REMNANTS

An immersive, lyrical documentary placing VIEWERS
in the lingering presence of three lives lost
to preventable gun violence and examining the effects
of the remnants left behind.

In America, gun violence is a complicated and polarizing subject of national debate. REMNANTS, a 30-minute documentary, side-steps politics in an effort to tackle a fixable issue which both sides - pro and anti-gun - can identify with from an emotional, human perspective. Almost two million households with children harbor unsecured, loaded fire arms in the United States, and while media outlets tend to focus on mass shootings, child access to unsecured firearms results in the accidental death of at nearly one person every day, which does not include the deaths of children accessing unlocked guns to commit suicide.

Toddlers and even pre-schoolers accidentally shooting themselves and their friends, siblings, or parents are now commonplace occurrences. It's sadly ironic that many of the firearms involved were obtained with the intent to keep children and families safe.

REMNANTS will truthfully document three heart-wrenching stories shared through as authentic a lens as possible. However, the film's focus won't be statistics - nor politics - as a means to drive home a specific agenda. Instead, REMNANTS will attempt to reflect on the human condition in the midst of ultimate loss, explore the deep emotional toll such events have on the continuing lives of victims' relatives and friends, and communicate the heavy burden a child who accidentally pulls the trigger must carry for the rest of their life.


 
 
 
AS MANY AS 1.7 MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN LIVE
IN HOMES WITH AN UNLOCKED, LOADED GUN.
— Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
 
 
 
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VISUALIZING EMOTIONS and memories

As much as REMNANTS is a first-hand experience of stories as seen through the eyes and places of those involved, it is also about imperceptible human emotions as can only be articulated through immersive visual metaphors. Unseen also are memories of lost loved ones which bleed into every day lives as ghostly remnants of the past. Combining the literal world with memories and visual representations of emotions is essential to bringing our stories to life in a uniquely impactful way.

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WE LOSE EIGHT CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS TO GUN VIOLENCE EVERY DAY. IF A MYSTERIOUS VIRUS SUDDENLY STARTED KILLING EIGHT OF OUR CHILDREN EVERY DAY, AMERICA WOULD MOBILIZE TEAMS OF DOCTORS AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS. WE WOULD MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH UNTIL WE FOUND A WAY TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. BUT NOT WITH GUN VIOLENCE.
— ELIZABETH WARREN

Remnants IS more than a passive viewing experience. It will be a personal journey for viewers.

With coverage of shootings in the media on such a regular basis, many of us are either numb to the news or feel helpless to do anything to change it. While it's human nature to sympathize with people in difficult situations, it's also human nature to move on and focus on ourselves when we aren't directly affected or can't personally relate.

For this reason, REMNANTS's storytelling will drive a visceral experience, transporting the audience directly into its stories, taking into consideration not only the people involved, but especially the environments in which they live or lived as well.