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MISFIRE

The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery

"A documentary every film student needs to see."

– Jonathan Berman (Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, CSUSM)

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REVIEW QUOTES

“A sad tale of unfulfilled promise and Enron-like fraud set in the heyday of the indie boom”

The Hollywood Reporter

“One of the first truly comprehensive overviews of that transformative era in America Cinema.”

The Moveable Feast

“Entertaining chronicles The Shooting Gallery’s rise and fall [and] serves as a nostalgic look at those ‘indie good’ time years.”

Film Journal

“Pure heaven for any film buff that pines for the golden era of indie America cinema.”

Whistler Film Festival

“A cautionary tale
for film students
and future filmmakers.”

Bob Gosse

Producer

Misfire is like the high school yearbooks of the 90s indie boom.”

Hubert, Unseen Films

 

SYNOPSIS

In 1991 a group of young filmmakers banded together in a NYC loft to make personal films at a time when a “golden age of independent film” was underway with the emergence of the Sundance Film Festival. As independent film became a household word, The Shooting Gallery found ultimate success with the Academy Award-Winning, Sling Blade and art-house hits You Can Count On Me and Croupier.

 

Many of the original founders left as business self-interest replaced the earlier common purpose. The Shooting Gallery was rapidly becoming a “new media” company whose very expansion was being funded by Wall Street money generated by the Internet craze of the go-go 90’s. Losing its way, The Shooting Gallery eventually collapsed in massive debt and questionable business practices.

 

With the independent film movement in the 90s as a backdrop, Misfire tells a universal story of young filmmakers with dreams who achieved too much success, too quickly.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

Misfire: The Rise and Fall of the Shooting Gallery is not only my love letter to the independent film era of the ‘90s but also a cautionary tale of blind ambition and the wide-eyed desire for success. With this film, it's my intent to inform upcoming young movie makers of the backstory to the independent film world of the good times and the not so good times of movie making.

 

As one of the founding members, I was a young film director venturing into an exciting new company that supported emerging film talent and iconoclastic film that was ‘outside the system’. Though we were based in New York City, Hollywood quickly found its way to this new cash cow and The Shooting Gallery went from a no-budget collective to a huge indie behemoth that came crashing down after a wild ten-year run (1991-2001).

 

While much had been written about its later demise, I felt no one had told the real story from the inside; especially of the exciting early days. As I'd only been at the company for the first three years and unable to know the complex tale, I reached out to Bob Gosse, co-founder of the company. Being true to the indie spirit, he agreed that a documentary of what happened needed to be told, not only of who we were as young filmmakers but also of the many people who hitched onto our ride of “putting on a show in the barn.”

 

The film is not only about the start of an independent film company, but a coming of age story of ambitious dreams and the desire for success.

 

Whitney Ransick

 
 

EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS

Masterclass in TV Directing: From Script to Screen

Independent Film - Then and Now

Making Films Outside the System

 

Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery director Whitney Ransick offers a film syllabus that will examine these topics as well as the structure of Independent film-making, from the 90s to today’s film culture.

 
Include in your educational curriculum any one of the four package/program options presented below.
 

HOST A SCREENING

PACKAGE #1  |  DIGITAL ACCESS / CLASS OVERVIEW

Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery: Digital Film Rental

• Class Overview

$299
PACKAGE #2   |  DIGITAL ACCESS / DIRECTOR LECTURE / TEACHING PACKAGE
$599

Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery: Digital Film Rental

• Director Whitney Ransick live via SKYPE

• Teaching Package: Class Outline, Reading List, Viewing List

 

PACKAGE #3    |   SCREENING / DIRECTOR LECTURE / TEACHING PACKAGE / 2-HR MASTERCLASS 
$1200

• Live Screening of documentaryMisfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery

• Director Whitney Ransick live in-person intro and follow-up with Q&A

• Bonus showing and discussion of an independent short film

• Teaching Package: Class Outline, Reading List, Viewing List

• 2-hour MASTERCLASS live in-person with Whitney Ransick on topics: On TV Directing or The Independents

PACKAGE #4  |  SCREENING / DIRECTOR LECTURE / TEACHING PACKAGE / 5-HR MASTERCLASS 
$2500

• Live Screening of documentaryMisfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery

• Director Whitney Ransick live in-person intro and follow-up with Q&A

• Bonus showing and discussion of an independent short film

• Teaching Package: Class Outline, Reading List, Viewing List

• 5-hr MASTERCLASS live in-person with Whitney Ransick on topics: On TV Directing or The Independents

 

 

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