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The indie film "Loves Her Gun," premiering at the festival in Austin, features "Banshee" star Trieste Kelly Dunn.
Could any film be more perfect for SXSW?
Loves Her Gun has all the elements: a movie about a woman who travels from her home in Brooklyn to Austin aboard the bus of a novelty indie band, and it co-stars a man with an inventive mustache. Mix in a microbudget and a leading actress wearing her director's clothes and horse masks.
The Trieste Kelly Dunn (Banshee) film takes a funny and heartfelt look at a woman looking to free herself of a recent past that includes an assault and drag of a relationship. Geoff Marslet directs.
The movie also proved to be an inadvertent real estate agent for its star.
"I had been in L.A. for a year and a half and I was like, 'I’ve got to get out of L.A.,' " Dunn told The Hollywood Reporter. "So I made the movie on my way back to New York, literally driving, and I just stayed in Austin for a month and then went back to New York. We shot scenes in New York, we shot scenes in Brooklyn, and we shot them basically in the neighborhood I live in.
"I remember when we were shooting, I was like, ‘Oh man, I really want to live in this neighborhood,' " she continued. "And I had this really crappy sublet in Prospect Heights, and I was like ‘God, this is such a great neighborhood to live in’ and then I ended up living there."
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