Bulletproof observes the age-old rituals that take place daily in American schools: homecoming parades, basketball practice, morning announcements, and math class. Unfolding alongside these scenes are an array of newer traditions: lockdown drills, teacher firearm trainings, metal detector inspections, and school safety trade shows. Bulletproof weaves together these moments in a cinematic meditation on fear, violence, and the meaning of safety, bringing viewers into intimate proximity with the people self-tasked with protecting the nation's children while generating revenue along the way, as well as with those most deeply impacted by these heightened security measures: students and teachers.

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Todd Chandler


Director: Todd Chandler
Executive Producer: Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer
Producer: Danielle Varga, Todd Chandler
Cinematographer: Emily Topper
Editor: Todd Chandler, Shannon Kennedy
Music: Troy Herion


Publicity Contact
Adam Segal
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 85 mins