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Veterans For Gun Reform PSA
On March 18, 2018 a group of military veterans came together to create an all-veteran PSA about gun reform. It stars military veterans of all genders, ages, ethnicities and military backgrounds. Their message is clear, “...we carried the M4/M16, we know its power first hand, and there is no reason it should be for sale in this country.”
Everyone has an opinion about guns, but few people know what it’s like to actually be in a life or death situation when deadly assault rifles are involved. The victims of the mass shootings are becoming a powerful voice for change and they tragically now share a first hand experience that was normally limited to military personnel only. In support of these young people’s brave protest a large group of U.S. military veterans have decided to speak out and call for a ban on military-style assault rifles. Because a weapon that’s used in wars shouldn’t be available over the counter.
The PSA was produced by Ellen Utrecht of Mike Teevee and written/directed by Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, a U.S. Army combat veteran himself. The PSA “Veterans For Gun Reform” will be published on Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and and the coveted landing page of WeTransfer (wetransfer.com), the industry standard file sharing platform for the media and creative industries.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR - Kyle Hausmann-Stokes
The video is written and directed by Kyle Hausmann-Stokes. Kyle served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant, airborne infantryman, and convoy commander in Iraq. He’s been creating military and veteran-themed content for a decade for organizations like the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Easter Seals Veterans Initiative. In 2012, he co-founded VFT: Veterans in Film & Television, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to bringing together and supporting veterans working and aspiring to work in the entertainment industry. At more than 3,000 active members nationwide (most in the greater Los Angeles area), Kyle has cultivated and connected an ecosystem of veterans from of all ages, genders, ethnicities and military backgrounds. VFT has become the go-to source for the entertainment industry to find, cast and hire military veterans for film, television, commercial and digital content.
More info on Kyle Hausmann-Stokes: www.kylehausmannstokes.com
ABOUT THE PRODUCER - Ellen Utrecht, MikeTeevee
The video was initiated and produced by MikeTeevee, a production company founded in the Netherlands and is currently based in Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Producers Ellen Utrecht, Rosanne Surie and creative director Hugo Keijzer started working together to focus their combined talent, experience and limitless energy on creating meaningful content for brands, companies and causes. They believe in the transformative power of storytelling and will always strive to use this influential medium to inspire positive change in the world.
More info on Mike Teevee: https://www.miketeevee.com
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Photo credit for all photos: Audrey Ma