The Tragic Irony of Meleanie Hain
Director: Brian W. Kreider
Run Time: 18 mins 33 sec
Collection: DOCUMENTARY 2
Date/Time: MON JUN 22 1:00PM & 7:15PM
Ticket Options: DAY PASS/ALL FESTIVAL PASS
Documentary, Short, Biographical, Advisory: Violence
Description: In 2008, a woman open-carried a handgun to a five year-old’s soccer game in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, causing a ruckus. The sheriff took away her permit; she sued and won. One year later, her jealous and estranged husband shot her seven times while she was flirting on Skype with one of the open-carry advocates who came to her trial, then shot himself, leaving 3 toddlers behind.
Director Commentary: The NRA says everybody should own a gun for protection, using phrases like, “A good guy with a gun can make the difference.” Yes, and no.
The Tragic Irony of Meleanie Hain brings to light whether having firearms in the home provides protection, or peril. The film also examines the psychology behind this woman’s choice to open-carry in a small rural town. There was, and is no law against open-carrying in Pennsylvania, but had she chose to conceal her weapon as the permit stated, she’d likely be living today.
Director Bio: Former Pennsylvania Film Commissioner, Brian Kreider, had a background as a writer/producer for TNT and CNN. Since leaving state government, He and his twin brother founded a non-profit, PA Historic Dramas, producing original plays and documentary films about historical subjects. They won a state preservation award for HISTORY LOST: The Old Cornwall Schoolhouse, and a 2010 Best Documentary award for, What Would Mister Hershey Say: Voices of his Legacy. From 2014 -’17, Brian wrote and produced an original stage musical, Here Comes Mister Hershey, selling out art houses and dinner theaters in the midstate.