The third annual meeting of the Second Amendment Sisters: Pennsylvania chapter is underway with its President, Bobbi Czajkowski, initiating new members. After a light-hearted day of training by shooting pumpkins, they gather around the bonfire at night to discuss why they carry a gun. From domestic violence to mistrusting the government to impending environmental catastrophe, the reasons are many, but the intention, only one: safety. Bobbi excuses herself from the group to go pee in the woods. Alone in the dark, she’s gripped by a primal fear and reaches for her trusted gun.

 

This was originally a sequence from my feature script, Survival of the Holy Fool. The plan was to shoot these scenes and use them as a teaser to raise financing for the film but a few days before we shot I decided to write an ending scene that could make the sequence a stand alone short film.  I've always enjoyed spin off shorts (like Hotel Chevalier from Darjeeling Limited) where you learn more about a character's backstory.