Writer-Director Addison Sandoval sat down for an interview with Carmela Baranowska of We Are Moving Stories. They discussed topics ranging from the film’s early development to it’s amazing domestic and international reception.
CARMELA – Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
ADDISON – The provenance of this film is operation Fast and Furious, a botched sting involving the Government’s release of more than 2,500 guns to known criminals. With the exception of the tragic loss of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, there exists virtually no record detailing the fatalities of walking guns.
CARMELA – Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
ADDISON – Audiences should watch Gunwalkers because at its core, the film is a search for truth. It is the point where education and entertainment intersect.
CARMELA – How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
ADDISON – The America that existed in 2009, which is when the film takes place, was very dystopian; only a year removed from the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. This laid the groundwork for the perfect modern Film Noir journey. Blueprinted front and center into the narrative is an Arizona family’s vicissitudes of fortune. Led by a father whose love is so fierce, he ultimately becomes blinded by it in the wake of the carnage unleashed by walking guns.
CARMELA – How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development?
ADDISON – The script was initially written to have one protagonist. As production evolved, I decided to rewrite several scenes to play to the strengths of the extremely talented cast we had. The result being that by journey’s end, brotherhood becomes a central theme of the film.
CARMELA – What type of feedback have you received so far?
ADDISON – Gunwalkers has done amazingly well. It took home the Best Action Short Film award at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase and was selected to the Official Selections of the Burbank International Film Festival and the USC School of Cinematic Arts First Look Film Festival. Most recently, the film secured a worldwide broadcast distribution deal. Gunwalkers is also available to stream online on Amazon, Vimeo On Demand, Seed&Spark, and VetStreamTV.
CARMELA – Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
ADDISON – The reception has been great. Many who watched the film said they came out feeling transformed. Others stated they thought they were watching a feature. The overall sentiment is that Gunwalkers represents everything people want to see in an action film.
CARMELA – What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on We Are Moving Stories?
ADDISON – Ultimately, my hope is that audiences will reflect on this story as a triumph of the good fight; that in light of the revelations they will hold their loved ones a little closer, and that the spirit in which this film was crafted will endure.
CARMELA – What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
ADDISON – I think it’s important to stay vigilant and think critically; to analyze the information that’s out there. Why do some news stories get more focus than others?
CARMELA – Would you like to add anything else?
ADDISON – Verisimilitude is extremely important to me. I made it clear beforehand to every actor who appeared with a gun in the film that they would have to undergo weapons training. We brought in a U.S. Marine Master Sergeant and the experience was intense.
CARMELA – What are the key creatives developing or working on now?
ADDISON – I am currently in development on a crime-thriller entitled Firebrand. This is a gritty feature project set in Oklahoma that I’m really looking forward to bringing to the silver screen.