Three Lessons (How to shoot a gun)

Three Lessons (How to shoot a gun) is an essay film that examines the reproduction and naturalization of gun culture while deconstructing the notion of gun culture as monolith. It follows a young woman as she travels across the United States to learn how to operate a firearm from three men of different backgrounds and ideological points of view. The video forestalls discussion of the Second Amendment in favor of examining gun culture in relation to history, identity/identification and the reproduction of ideologies. Through a montage of instructional, interview and found footage the film underscores the gaps and contradictions that arise between disparate experiences of gun culture and uses these dissonances to identify the underlying political, economic and social forces shaping them. As the film shifts between these individual experiences and larger determining forces the realization that these customs of gun ownership are not given but historically practiced, and developed in response to social contradictions, becomes apparent and the capacity for change more evident and necessary.


HD Video with Sound. 36:04 minutes. 2019

Photography/Sound/Editing by Stephen Sewell

Sound Editing/Mastering by Simon Grenier-Poirier

Produced and Directed by Stephen Sewell in collaboration with Youree Choi






Three Lessons (How to Shoot a Gun) [Trailer]. 2019. HD Video with Sound. 1:00 minutes