BULLETPROOF w/ DIRECTOR TODD CHANDLER
July 9, 2022
Post-film Q&A with director Todd Chandler
6:30PM doors / 7:00PM film
$11 General Admission & $8 OFS members
Bulletproof explores the complexities of violence in schools by looking at the strategies employed to prevent it. The film observes the longstanding rituals that take place in and around American schools: homecoming parades, basketball practice, morning announcements, and math class. Unfolding alongside these scenes are a collection of newer traditions: lockdown drills, teacher firearms training, metal detector screenings, and school safety trade shows. Bulletproof asks what these rituals reflect back at us, looking beyond immediate causes and responses to mass shootings in a cinematic meditation on the array of forces that shape the culture of violence in the United States.
Dir: Todd Chandler / 2021 / US / 84 min
“The accomplishment of the director Todd Chandler is that he continues to find settings that demonstrate [the] eerie divide between the desire for security, and the extreme measures being taken by schools to achieve impregnability.” – Teo Bugbee, New York Times
“This documentary is worthy of your time.” – Benjamin Franz, Film Threat
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Todd Chandler is a filmmaker, artist, and educator. His work has been featured atTrue/False, IDFA, Doclisboa, the Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Mass MoCA. His projects have been supported by Creative Capital, Field of Vision, Sundance Institute, International Documentary Association, Doc Society, and ITVS, among others. His first feature film, Flood Tide, premiered at the Torino Film Festival, followed by an extensive tour of museums, universities, backyards, rock clubs, and assorted DIY spaces, often with a live score. His short film A Debtors’ Prison premiered at Camden International Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ POV. He was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2019, a fellow at the Sundance Non-Fiction Director’s Residency, and a Points North Fellow.
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