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Kyle Rankin – Run Hide Fight #Venezia77

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A film exploring gun violence and school shootings.

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7 min. and 9 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Kyle Rankin, director of the film Run Hide Fight.

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A conversation with Kyle Rankin, director of Run Hide Fight, presented out of competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Here, Rankin talks about his motivation for making a film on school shootings and gun violence. He also talks about how he aimed contrast the trend of similar films by seeing it from the point of view of a heroine rather than the killers, as well as whether he believes the fact that the lead character is a young woman brough changes to the narrative and more.

Run Hide Fight: Zoe Hull, 17, has some unresolved issues. She’s not coping well with the recent death of her mother, sometimes chatting with her mom as if she’s still there. She resents her ex-military father for his seeming lack of emotion, but wears his army jacket every day like armour. Her best friend Lewis just asked her to prom, wanting their relationship to become something more than she can handle. All Zoe wants is to get through the last few weeks of her senior year and leave – off to college and a fresh start. Instead, her high school is attacked by four nihilistic, gun-toting students, who plan to make their siege the worst school shooting in history. The killers quickly gain control and round up survivors at gunpoint – turning an active shooting into a hostage situation and keeping police at bay. The ringleader, Tristan, captures the events via internet livestream, gaining the worldwide fame he craves. Using the skills her dad taught her, Zoe manages to escape, but risks her life to go back inside. With no plan and running on instinct, she saves who she can, until realising she may be uniquely prepared not just to help others run and hide, but to face down the shooters and fight.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Kyle Rankin
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Run Hide Fight
  • Festival section
    Out of competition
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