[ONE NIGHT ONLY] “It’s my first boyfriend,” says 19 year-old Emily Blount, smiling as she fondles the stock of her brand-new $12,000 shotgun. “It’s mine, and it’s pretty, and I can’t stop touching it.” Blount’s peculiar bond with her firearm is one of the many complex, often bizarre stories told in Cathryne Czubek’s captivating documentary A Girl and a Gun
. Czubek hops from state to state, gathering stories from gun-toting women of all stripes—a journalist who armed herself after receiving death threats from readers, a tai chi instructor seeking self defense, an inmate in Louisiana who shot her girlfriend to death, and many others. Some of the women see guns as sexy, powerful toys; others believe they’re a necessary evil. “I don’t feel any different about it than I do about being a woman with a food processor, says a mother from Auburn, Ala., who enjoys taking her young son into the woods to fire rifles into a tranquil lake. Another woman acknowledges guns as a symbol of power in the feminist movement, but concedes they may not help women achieve tangible change. “I mean, you can’t shoot your boss when you want a pay raise,” she says.
Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Sunday, July 7