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Bulletproof takes a provocative look at fear, violence, and what it means to be safe in the classroom in the age of mass shootings.
Todd Chandler is an educator and filmmaker. He has taught in high schools and universities for over fifteen years and currently teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College. His filmmaking practice includes issue-based documentary and non-fiction. He has worked in schools, and with community based organizations to create videos about pressing… Show more contemporary issues. He was the lead editor and a human rights video advocacy trainer at WITNESS. His work has been featured at the Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, Torino Film Festial, New Orleans Film Festival, True/False, and the Camden International Film Festival. His films have been supported by the Sundance Institute, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Corporation of Yaddo. He is a 2017-2018 Points North Fellow. Show less
Danielle Varga is a creative producer in nonfiction and documentary film based in Brooklyn. She co-produced Kirsten Johnson's award-winning film Cameraperson which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and was released by Janus Films/The Criterion Collection. She most recently produced the short documentary Watched, which premiered at… Show more the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. She was associate producer on Johanna Hamilton's documentary 1971 which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014, won an IDA award for archival footage, and was broadcasted on PBS's Independent Lens in 2015. She was archival producer on Matt Wolf's Teenage which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and distributed by Oscilloscope. Varga was a 2016-2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. Show less
Bulletproof explores the complexities of violence in schools by looking at the ways in which we try to prevent it. The film travels across the United States, observing the age-old traditions that take place daily in and around American schools: homecoming parades, basketball practice, morning announcements, and math class. Unfolding alongside these scenes are an array of newer rituals: lockdown drills, teacher firearms training, metal detector inspections, and school safety trade shows selling state-of-the-art products. Bulletproof weaves together these moments in a cinematic meditation on fear, violence, and the meaning of safety, introducing viewers to the cottage industry self-tasked with protecting the nation's children while generating revenue along the way, as well as with those most deeply impacted by these heightened security measures: students and teachers.