The Weapon You Choose
Description of the film: Born and raised in the projects on the south side of Chicago, Eric experienced a childhood of peril and trauma. Coping with a father who was both distant and violent, Eric turned to a life on the streets in his hometown, America’s most dangerous city. He reveled in drugs, guns and gang violence throughout his formative years. The turning point came the evening after his twentieth birthday, as Eric’s relationship with his dad reached a violent crescendo. Eric provides an intimate account of this fateful night and how he tries to redirect his energy toward a new passion: creating music.
Director Biography: Chris Newberry is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Minneapolis. His films have appeared on two acclaimed PBS series, America Reframed and Independent Lens, as well as several national and international television networks. Chris’s first feature-length film, AMERICAN HEART, enjoyed a successful festival run and made its national broadcast debut in 2015 on the PBS World Channel. His latest feature as producer and cinematographer, TIME FOR ILHAN, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and recently took home a Daytime Emmy Award. Chris is currently in production on his third feature-length documentary, which explores the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
Social Media: Instagram: @chrisnewberry Twitter: @cfnewberry