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The Rifleman

United States
2020 — 18 min / Colour and B&W



The Rifleman delves deep into the origins of the National Rifleman Association (NRA) through astonishing archival footage spanning decades, revealing the modern organization’s roots in the backlash against the civil rights movement. From the early 1950s at the US-Mexico border to the NRA in the post–civil rights era, The Rifleman examines the life of one man who changed the trajectory of the gun organization forever, meticulously revealing the xenophobic and racial attitudes that belie the NRA’s so-called “pro-Second Amendment” stance of today.

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Directors' Biography

Sierra Pettengill’s work focuses on the warped narratives of the American past. Most recently, she directed the ‘Big Dan’s’ episode of the Netflix documentary series Trial by Media. Her 2017 feature-length film, the all-archival documentary The Reagan Show, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival before airing on CNN. Her 2018 all-archival short film, Graven Image, aired on POV and is held at the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, and her 2020 short Business of Thought premiered at the Sheffield Documentary Festival. In 2013 she produced the Academy Award-nominated film Cutie & the Boxer, which also won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary, and also co-directed Town Hall for PBS. She has also worked as an archival researcher for many filmmakers including Jim Jarmusch, Mathieu Amalric, and Mike Mills. She was a Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow, a fellow at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, and writes frequently about film for publications including frieze and Film Comment.

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Sierra Pettengill


Charlotte Cook


Daniel Garber


Daniel Garber


Ryan Billia

Daniel Garber

Screenings & Awards

Sundance , United States, 2021

Ful Frame DFF, United States, 2021

True/False, United States, 2021

Florida FF, United States, 2021