‘Gun, Coyote’: A Film Review

- September 26, 2012

"This film combines many elements to send a powerful message..."

This blog is written on behalf of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and will serve as an honest, unbiased review of a few films that will be screening this year. Hopefully, these reviews will inspire conversation and discussion amongst other viewers and encourage the overall appreciation and dissection of this art we call film.

Directed by Adam Walsh, "Gun Coyote" is a slice-of-life story about two brothers keeping themselves entertained in the desert one day. The older brother forces his younger brother to learn how to shoot a gun. The younger brother is extremely reluctant to be taught but his older brother insists that he has to learn. Later, in a heartbreaking climax, the roles are reversed and the younger brother grows into himself and discovers that he doesn’t have to do everything his older brother says and can make his own decisions.

This film combines many elements to send a powerful message: an absent father, children that feel the need to grow up more than they should and children dealing with issues well beyond their years. The story combines all of these into an event that the two brothers must cope with and make a decision together. This not only strengthens the unspoken bond between them but also helps them discover things about themselves and grow separately. A powerful film on many levels, "Gun Coyote" will be relatable to people of countless backgrounds.

A Trailer for "Gun, Coyote"

Selah Kahrmann is a sophomore at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in the Moving Image Arts department. She is focused on screenwriting and has always had a passion for writing, which she hopes to have a career in after graduatation.