WORLD OF WONDER-PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY “FREEDIA GOT A GUN” DEBUTS OFFICIAL TRAILER
Told Through the Eyes of Local Hero and International Bounce Legend Big Freedia, Documentary Produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Directed By Chris McKim Depicts Gun Violence Epidemic in New Orleans
New Orleans’s undisputed queen of bounce Big Freedia shines a spotlight on our country’s continuous struggle with gun violence in Chris McKim‘s unflinching documentary. In January 2018, Adam Ross was shot and killed by an unknown assailant, his murder still unsolved. This was Big Freedia’s brother, and his death reverberated across the community. Devastated by the loss, Freedia makes the decision to use her platform to make a difference.
In New Orleans, 92% of the homicide victims were Black in 2019. That is a staggering statistic, and Freedia wants to stop this epidemic within the African American community.
In her new doc, premiering at AFI Docs, she shares her personal and heartbreaking story of losing her brother, Adam Ross, to gun violence. Directed by Chris McKim, the documentary follows Freedia as she goes into schools and prisons, diving into the states’ problems with gun violence while sharing her own personal experiences. “Freedia Got a Gun,” which just had its virtual World Premiere at AFI Docs and is seeking distribution, looks at the people who are working to better things in the community.
Freedia meets with Ashonta Wyatt, a middle school vice principal, 14-year-old Devin Walker, who is trapped in a cycle of violence, and Calvin Pep who works to address trauma and change minds about violent lifestyles. In addition, the Peace Keepers, an on-the-ground team, pass out flyers to “squash the beefs” that perpetuate killing.
Documentary Premieres June 20, 2020 at the AFI Docs 2020 Virtual Film Festival . Watch the Trailer: