WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

TOM SWIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC RIFLE

Directed by Nick Berardini
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 95 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE TOM SWIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC RIFLE
"Protecting Life. Protecting Truth" is the company motto for Taser International. Originally created as a safer alternative to guns in law enforcement, the taser became the entrepreneurial passion project of brothers Tom and Rick Smith. In 1999, after years of re-calibrating (and increasing the energy output of) the device the M26 was released on the market and became the weapon of choice for police departments throughout the country.

With zero oversight and no federal regulation officers began wielding these electric rifles with the blessing of its manufacturer, only to encounter dire consequences. Between 2001 and 2012, there were 500 taser related deaths reported in the U.S. At a time when "use of force" and gun control are under heavy scrutiny, Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle adds a necessary voice to the discussion. As the death toll continues to mount in taser-related deaths we are reminded that it is not simply the lethal force of a weapon that needs to be regulated, but the behavior and bias behind it as well.

—Holly Voges
Drama, Documentary
About the Director(s)
Nick Berardini is a 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri’s prestigious School of Journalism. Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle is Berardini’s directorial debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    95 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Cinematographer:
    Brock Williams, Nate Trusedell
  • Add'l Credit 1:
    Joe Mundo
  • Director:
    Nick Berardini
  • Screenwriter:
    Nick Berardini
  • Composer:
    Brooke Blair, Will Blair (The Blair Brothers)
  • Producer:
    Glen Zipper, Brock Williams, Jamie Goncalves, Ralph Zipper
  • Editor:
    Robert Greene, Bryan Storkel
  • Executive Producer:
    Ross Dinerstein, Paolo Coppola, Neeraj Kohli, Boris Havkin, Dan Balda

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Brock Williams
    Boxcar Films
    Austin, 78741
    Phone: 573 864 5825
    brock@boxcarfilms.com
  • Press Contact
    Betsy Rudnick Fernand
    Sunshine Sachs
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 212 691 2800
    Rudnick@sunshinesachs.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 917 687 3111
    josh@submarine.com
  • International Sales Agent
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 917 687 3111
    josh@submarine.com