Gunwalkers is rooted in a search for truth profoundly influenced by the spirit of investigative and independent journalism. When I heard about Fast and Furious, a misguided operation involving the U.S. Government’s release of more than 2,500 guns to known criminals, I decided to delve deeper and try to make sense of these events and decisions.
During the course of my research, I listened to many congressional hearings where lawmen and high ranking government officials, one by one, shied from accepting responsibility. Furthermore, with the exception of the tragic loss of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, there exists virtually no record detailing the fatalities of the practice of walking guns. From inception, my heart went out to the residents along the southern border who were exposed to an unnecessary wave of violence. This is how Gunwalkers was born.
Creatively, my instincts were to shoot the film with the richness of detail of a documentary making it clear to audiences we were zeroing in on significant subject matter. At the same time, I did not want to deliver a history lesson. To arrive at the perfect medium, I blueprinted front and center a family led by a father whose love is so fierce he ultimately becomes blinded by it in the wake of the carnage. Verisimilitude was paramount throughout the production process. I made it clear to the cast that they would have to undergo intense weapons training.
The America that existed in 2009 was very dystopian, only a year removed from the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. All things considered, the parallels between Gunwalkers and other films Noir are unmistakable. Ultimately, my hope is that audiences will reflect on this story as a triumph of the good fight.
That in light of the revelations, people the world over will hold their loved ones a little closer. That the spirit in which this film was crafted will endure.