GAYS AGAINST GUNS – THE MOVIE
A drag queen walks up to you on the street and spray paints you in the face. That’s this movie.
Gun violence in America is out of control. Over 40,000 dead every year. Profits soar for the gun industry, while most mass shootings no longer even make headline news.
Yes, gun violence is horrific. But GAYS AGAINST GUNS are not. These are a gaggle of ex-ACT UP rabble rousers – the same people who brought you marriage equality. And now they’re taking on the NRA. They are hilarious. Irreverent. Whip smart and fearless. You don’t want to fuck with these gays.
GAG came together in immediate response to the Pulse massacre, and instantly grabbed worldwide attention as “the most exciting form of street protest since the 1960s”. The movie captures their exhilarating mix of colorful street theatrics, direct action, and civil disobedience, as they demand an end to the gun violence epidemic. We follow GAG as they invade rural gun shows in drag, protest NRA puppet politicians, and create their haunting processions of white-veiled ‘Human Beings’ representing gun violence victims.
But the film goes deeper. It’s a veritable how-to of queer activism and resistance under a virulent homophobic regime. Yes the Trump election was a horror – but that did not stop these queens. The film shows how it made them stronger and more razor focused in their mission to break the gun industry’s chain of death, and the bigotry that feeds it.
And the movie goes deeper still. Because what lies at the heart of this film is a powerful conversation about the current state of America. Because when you look at a gun – you see everything that’s wrong with this country. People hating black folks, hating women, hating queer people. Bigotry. Corruption in the highest corridors of government. Corporate blood money blocking sensible gun laws. Mass incarceration. The mess that is our health care system. This movie connects it all to that toxic object we call a gun.
So yes this is the story of GAG. This is the story of the crazy ass queens who are going to shut down the NRA. But it’s also a story of American violence. How we got here. Where we lost our empathy. And how a can of spray paint and a purse full of glitter is going to fix it.
A Still Films Production in association with Determined Pictures and Screen Ireland
Photo Credits: Paul Rowley (1). Alex Golshani (2,3).