At the Beverly Hills Film Festival one of the headlining films was an independent story from writer, director, and actor Sam Upton called “Gun”. The story is based on his on personal accounts of becoming a prize fighter.
Sam plays Joe in the film; a washed up, alcoholic ex-prizefighter makes a comeback to boxing after his top heavyweight contender son is wrongfully blinded in the ring. The movie was funded through a kickstarter campaign with a message. Never giving up on yourself. No matter what. Joe Romano (played by Sam Upton) struggled to stay sober and out of prison. Joe is an ex-prizefighter. An alcoholic. A bum. A has been that never was. However, Joe’s son, Tommy ‘Gun’ Romano, is somebody. Gun is on his way to becoming the champ, when he is blinded in a title fight, through a vicious act of deception. This ends his career, and ultimately his life. Gun’s death spawns a cathartic change inside Joe. Joe’s metamorphosis catapults his life trajectory out of the gutter (with the help of a seventy-four-year-old female Yoda-like character) and back into the ring. In the end, Joe’s lessons remind us of our own fragility, and how in life we are all constantly walking the tightrope between success and failure. His triumphant victory leaves our hearts full, our fists pumping, and our spirits soaring. GUN is a gritty, raw, emotional, character-driven film, set against the backdrop of East Los Angeles.
Sidney Franklin talks with the cast of Gun and how this amazing motivational film came to life and is now in the festival circuit.
Here are the interviews that were held at the festival on the red carpet.