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July 4th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Shotgun StoriesOn July 1, Liberation Entertainment released the DVD Shotgun Stories, an emotional tale of revenge and loss from writer-director Jeff Nichols.

Produced by indie film heavyweight David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), Shotgun Stories marks the auspicious directorial debut of Jeff Nichols and features a flawless cast headed by Michael Shannon (Bug, World Trade Center, the upcoming Revolutionary Road with Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet).

Shotgun Stories tracks a blood feud between two sets of half brothers in the cotton-fielded back roads of southeast Arkansas. The first set of Hayes boys were deserted by a violent, alcoholic father who never gave them proper names. The second Hayes family knew a different, sober man who led a comfortable middle-class life. When those first sons crash his funeral, the anger that had rested in the background of their lives threatens to rise up and overtake them all.

The DVD's bonus materials include audio commentary with director Jeff Nichols, isolated music track and photo gallery. The film features original soundtrack music by Memphis indie/alt-country band Lucero.

Shotgun Stories Acclaim:
- Feature Film Award at the 2007 Austin Film Festival
- Student Jury Award at the 2007 Newport International Film Festival
- New American Cinema Award at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival


Shotgun Stories



"A great discovery. A film that never steps wrong and holds us in a vise of tightening revenge." — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A point blank buckshot blast of American rage." — Variety


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