Native Kansan officially accepted into prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Writer/director and Kansas native Spencer Gillis is proud to announce that his short film, GUN, is an official selection for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

GUN is a character study about the influence of power on the human mind. In the film Roy finds himself confronted with an age-old dilemma, how to protect his home and family. The simple act of buying a handgun unravels the complex fabric of Roy’s humanity, as good intentions give way to darker tendencies. Will Roy become the man he is trying to protect his family from?

The Sundance Institute announced on Tuesday, Dec 4th that GUN was one of 32 narrative shorts to be accepted out of more than 8,000 submissions. Festival director Trevor Groth stated that the short film competition is “comprised of bold works by adventurous filmmakers who have mastered creative ways to embody their unique perspectives in the short form onscreen. The selections represent the immensely varied and dynamic approaches to storytelling that will inspire audiences with their huge accomplishments within a limited timeframe.” To produce the film, Gillis teamed up with producer Nicole Cosgrove and director of photography Ludovic Littee in 2011. The trio is currently in pre-production for two more narrative shorts that begin principal photography in New York City in mid-February 2013.

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