Virtual World Premiere

Following the film, watch a recorded discussion led by journalist Tre’vell Anderson with director Chris McKim and subjects Big Freedia and Dr. Ashonta Wyatt.

Devastated after learning her brother Adam was murdered, New Orleans bounce legend Big Freedia uses her platform to raise awareness about the complexities of gun violence, a nationwide epidemic that continues to disproportionally harm Black communities. As Freedia shares her personal journey from growing up gay in the projects through Hurricane Katrina and chasing her musical dreams, she delves deep into the first-hand experiences she and the community have had with gun violence, seeking to uncover the causes behind it.

She is not alone in her quest to make the streets of New Orleans safer for the next generation: mothers, teachers, students and others personally affected reveal the collective trauma left in the wake of this violence. Her brother’s murder still unsolved, Freedia leads us through a courageous and necessary dialogue about the origins of this American epidemic.

Chris McKim is an Emmy®-winning documentary filmmaker. He started his career at Miramax Films in 1995 and helped create the hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race as show runner and EP of the first four seasons. He directed and produced WOJNAROWICZ: F–K YOU F-GGOT F—KER and was co-director/producer of OUT OF IRAQ.


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Chris McKim

Producers: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Chris McKim

Executive Producer: Charles Blow

Directors of Photography: Gabriel Bienczycki, Bruno Doria

Editor: Francy Kachler

Featuring: Big Freedia, Charles Blow

Running Time (minutes): 85 MIN

Language: English