Michael Speechley (b. 1962)
For Sale Contact Seller I, 2013-2015
Film loop with text, data set 2013
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A research piece exploring casual day-to-day gun trading in the USA after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Data set

Gun trading data set captured between 2013-2015.

Film clips

The Great Train Robbery (1903)
Director: Edwin S. Porter (uncredited)

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. The final shot of a gun being fired toward the camera had a profound effect on audiences. As cinema was in its infancy, many people who saw the film thought that they were actually about to be shot. IMDB

The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Director: Ida Lupino

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over. Opening credits prologue: This is the true story of a man and a gun and a car. The gun belonged to the man. The car might have been yours-or that young couple across the aisle. What you will see in the next seventy minutes could have happened to you. For the facts are actual. IMDB

The Loaded Gun (1958)
Director: unknown

A 1958 industrial short presented by ‘Your General Tire Dealer’ and narrated by ‘noted news commentator’ Frank Blair. End credits: A Jam Handy Picture (Jam Handy Organization, founder Henry Jamison Handy). Source: Film credits

Point of reference

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting (2012)

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, United States, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members. Earlier that day, before driving to the school, he shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the school, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Wikipedia