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Three Lessons (How to shoot a gun)

Three Lessons (How to shoot a gun) is an essay film that examines the reproduction and naturalization of gun culture while deconstructing the notion of gun culture as monolith. It follows a young woman as she travels to New York, Illinois and Colorado in order to learn how to operate a firearm from three men of different backgrounds and ideological points of view. Incorporating instructional, interview and found footage the film presents a complex consideration of the multiple attitudes and approaches toward gun ownership in America.

  • Stephen Sewell
  • Youree Choi
  • Stephen Sewell
  • Stephen Sewell
  • Stephen Sewell
    Sound Production Mixer
  • Simon Grenier-Poirier
    Sound Editing / Mastering
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Essay Film, Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    36 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Harlem International Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    September 16, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Docs Without Borders International Film Festival
    Rehoboth Beach, DE
    United States
    August 13, 2022
    Exceptional Merit
  • The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    June 3, 2023
    Outstanding Short Documentary
Director Biography - Stephen Sewell

Stephen Sewell is a Brooklyn-based artist, filmmaker, and educator. He received his MFA from the University of Washington and is an alum of the Whitney Independent Study Program and Art & Law Program. He has exhibited works nationally and internationally and has lectured and participated on panel discussions at several institutions including the University of Hertfordshire, Queens Museum, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and MoMA PS1 Print Shop.

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