I WANTED TO BE A MAN WITH A GUN: THREE AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN WORLD WAR II 
(90 min) US

FRIDAY 10/27, 9:10 PM (SESSION 20)
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Director: William Farley
Producers: Douglas Hollis, Herbert Gold, William Farley

Description:

Three American soldiers, two Jewish and one Christian, recount their experiences in WWII through the prism of their 90-year old selves, revealing the shocking secrets of taking revenge on the enemy, the consequences of which still linger heavily in their lives. This powerful and poetic film employs a haunting original score integrated with rare archival footage, ultimately revealing that even in a justifiable war no soldier escapes the trauma of the requirement to kill or be killed.

Biography:

William Farley is an artist and film director. He made experimental films, documentaries, and feature-length narrative movies which were shown nationally and internationally. The list includes The Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival and many more. His work has received awards at the Mannheim International Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival among others. He directed Whoopi Goldberg in her first screen role, in the ensemble piece Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away.
Douglas Hollis has a deep interest in Native American culture and landscape. environmental justice.Throughout the 90’s he worked on many large-scale projects in Seattle, Portland, Houston, Council Bluffs, and Arlington to name a few.

Herbert Gold is a poet and writer. He studied philosophy at Columbia University, where he befriended writers who would define the Beat Generation, from Anaïs Nin to Allen Ginsberg. Gold won a Fulbright fellowship and moved to Paris, where he did graduate studies at the Sorbonne and worked on his first novel, Birth of a Hero. Since then, Gold has written more than thirty books, including the bestsellers Fathers and The Man Who Was Not With It and received many awards, including the Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, and the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard.

Contact Information:

e: farleyfilm@gmail.com
w: https://www.manwithagunfilm.com



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