SCREENING, SCREENING + Q&A
Monday, Nov 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
Free preview screening followed by Q&A with director Ramin Bahrani
Dir. Ramin Bahrani. 2022, 89 mins. DCP. In 1969, a bankrupt pizzeria owner, Richard Davis, invented the modern-day bulletproof vest. To prove that it worked, he shot himself, point blank, 192 times. Davis then launched Second Chance, which became one of the largest body armor companies in the world. Charming and brash, he directed sensational marketing films, earning him celebrity status among police and gun owners across the country. But the death of a police officer wearing a Second Chance vest catalyzed Davis’s fall, revealing a man full of contradictions cultivated over decades of reckless behavior. Equally questionable and captivating, Davis saved thousands of lives while endangering exponentially more. Oscar nominee Ramin Bahrani’s new documentary follows Davis’s story, continuing the fascination the filmmaker has shown in his fiction work (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop) for the perilous pursuit of the American Dream.