Albuquerque, New Mexico | Film Short

Crime, Drama

Jordan Ancel

2 Campaigns | California, United States

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The proliferation of gun violence in this country is out of control. As filmmakers, we believe we have a responsibility to help change the culture of violence through storytelling. GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS shows how arming every citizen to act on their own to be heroes can go horribly wrong.

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The Story

During an armed robbery of a convenience store in an open-carry state, too many would-be heroes take it upon themselves to save the day. But in critical Rashomon-style perspective, no one knows who the other good guys are, which culminates into a bloody battle between strangers.


We're making a gun violence prevention film. Too often we've heard that good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns, and that we need to arm every citizen. But we know it's a myth from numerous global studies.


Even Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings, stated in an interview that during the Dallas police shootings, there were numerous "good guys with guns" that did nothing but flee the scene. However, the police were confused as to who they were, and it took their eye off the actual shooter.


We cannot continue to perpetuate the myth that more guns and more armed citizens will make this nation safe. It's entirely untrue.


As filmmakers, we believe we have the power to facilitate change through storytelling, and that's what we aim to do with GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS.





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Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Grip Gear

Costs $1,500

Grip secures people and equipment into place: sandbags, c-stands, apple boxes, etc.

Lighting Package

Costs $1,500

Lights. So you can see what we're filming. We also won't bump into stuff. :)

Production Insurance

Costs $1,000

We want to keep our people and our equipment protected in case of an accident.

Lens Package for RED Camera

Costs $1,000

We have a RED Camera, but without the lenses, it's just a door stop. These lenses will make our film look gorgeous.

Location Rental Fee

Costs $3,000

We have the perfect business location for our shoot. Now we just need to cover the cost of the owner having to close for a full day.

Catering & Craft Services

Costs $1,400

Help us feed 20 Crew members and 10 cast members 3 meals per day.

Guns, Ammo, and SAFETY

Costs $1,000

We're doing a film with lots of guns, and SAFETY is the top priority. A pro gun wrangler/safety expert is essential so no one gets harmed.

Stunt Coordinator

Costs $700

A professional stunt coordinator will ensure our fearless cast won't get hurt.

Sound Equipment

Costs $500

We need a high quality sound equipment package in order to get the best sound possible.

Cast and Crew

Costs $3,400

We have a professional crew and SAG-AFTRA cast lined up and ready to work. And we are so fortunate they all dropped their rates!

About This Team

Jordan Ancel (Director) is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and photographer. He has won awards for his two short films, 875 and Bob White Monday, and his book book, Behind the Lines: What it Really Takes to Make it as an Actor, featuring interviews with some of Hollywood’s top professionals, has been helping actors navigate the complex and delicate balance between art and business for several years, and the second edition is due out in early 2017.


For the last few years, Jordan has been an independent business consultant and career coach for entertainment professionals. He recently gave a talk on Social Media Marketing at the Directors Guild of America for Emmy-nominated directors. He also inspired Adam Leipzig’s first book, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers.


In the early ’90s, Jordan was a co-founder of the award-winning Off-Broadway theater company, The Greenwich House Theater Company in The West Village of NYC, whose members included (the late) Academy Award-Winning Kim Hunter and Ellen Barkin. He also achieved great success in commercials, having done major campaigns for GNC, American Express, Budget, and Chrysler, to name only a few.


Having had success as an actor and as theater producer/director, and personally mentored by (the late) Mike Nichols for many years, Jordan has a profound understanding of both the art and business of the entertainment industry.


Catharine Pilafas (1st AD) is an award-winning director, a film and theatre actor, teaching artist, and choreographer. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Acting and minor in Dance from the University of Northern Colorado. After making her New York theatre debut in Victory Garden's Off-Broadway production of Conviction, Catharine shifted her career focus to film and television in New Mexico. She currently recurs as Nurse Heather on the show Night Shift, and recently won a Best Director award for her short film, Pinky Promise.


Jacob Pinger (DP) has over twenty years of experience as a Director of Photography.  One of his latest shows, starring William Shatner and Henry Winkler, Better Late Than Never, is airing this summer on NBC.  He is currently the A-Camera Operator on the hit CBS comedy, Life In Pieces.


Shad Adair (Executive Producer) is an actor, writer and producer based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He is a founder of ShadMeister productions and is currently producing a series titled Thank You, 5 and a short titled Good Guys with Guns.  Shad’s detailed credits can be found at or
Shad currently serves as the Chairman for Albuquerque SCORE Chapter 0067 where he champions economic development issues and personally mentors a variety of small businesses.  Shad also serves as a board member to the Albuquerque based non-profit Giving It Forward and the Duke City Repertory Theatre.
As an entrepreneur and investor he serves on the advisory board of enterprise software and services firms providing perspective on sales enablement and growth strategies. He currently serves as an advisor to the following organizations: Talentura (mobile recruiting); Village Capital; ABQid Accelerator; Univ. of New Mexico School of Business Venture Program; CNM STEMulus Ignite Accelerator Program; & CMU Information Management Institute as Corporate Fellow.
Shad is a former managing Partner with Hula Partners LLC where he served as the head of sales, marketing, client relations and strategic alliances.   Shad specializes in transforming small to mid size companies into profitable enterprises.  Over the past 10 years, Shad created over $200m in value to these organizations. 


As the former CEO of a fast growth analytics firm, Shad brought leadership, vision and operational excellence to a successful launch bringing the entity to profitability in less than 18 months while yielding revenue growth of 200% and profit growth of 293%.  Accolades include recognition by Gartner as a 2013 Cool Vendor in SAP Ecosystem as a result of intensive marketing campaigns.
More info on Shad's background can be found @
Keagan Karnes (UPM) is an award winning director and producer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He currently has 3 films circulation in film festivals around the world including Buffalo which was a selection for the Cannes Film Festival Court Metrage, Wolff's Law, which premiered at the Brussels short film festival and Good Cop, Good Cop which won the audience award at the SENE film festival and the Best New Director award at DC shorts Film Festival. Currently Keagan is producing and directing the web series Thank You, 5 in addition to being a guest director on the popular YouTube series, Enter the Dojo

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