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Mon, 19 Apr 1999 16:46:09 -0500
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For Immediate Release
Chicago Underground Film Festival presents GOREVILLE USA
Award winning documentary

On Saturday, April 24, The Chicago Underground Film Festival will present
two screenings of Goreville USA, the award winning documentary by Chicago
filmmakers Dave Sarno & Seth Henrickson. Admission is  $5 (free to
members). All proceeds benefit programming and operations for the Chicago
Underground Film Festival. The screenings takes place at 7 & 8:45 p.m., at
The Note, 1565 North Milwaukee Ave. The directors will be available for
question and answer after each screening. For more information call the
festival hotline 773-866-8660.

Winner of the 1998 Slamdance Film Festival documentary prize, Goreville USA
is a feature-length documentary that examines the issue  of gun control and
the birth of a grass roots militia movement through the eyes of Goreville,
Illinois, a rural Southern Illinois town with an ordinance requiring each
head of household to own a firearm with ammunition.

Enacted in response to a Chicago suburb that banned handguns; the Goreville
ordinance works as a springboard into the residentžs varying insights on the
values of gun ownership and the responsibilities accompanying the
Constitutionžs right to keep and bear arms.

"The odd gun law, of course, initially attracted us to this project," says
Seth Henrickson, one of the movies directors. "But Goreville has this batch
of characters who, while entertaining, portray a compelling group of
attitudes towards gun control. Attitudes that shed light on the nuances of
an issue which proved to be far more complex than we had imagined."

"The real power of the film is in the process," relates Dave Sarno,
Gorevilležs other director. "For us it was about discovering the issue. For
the residents of Goreville it was about reexamining and sometimes, but not
always, reaffirming their own feelings about gun ownership and control."

The 6th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival will take place August
13-19, 1999, Submission Deadline May 15th

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