Behind the Bullet explores a side of gun violence that’s rarely talked about- the impact a shooting has on the shooter. The film takes an intimate, non-polarizing look at how taking a life forever changed four people emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, offering a powerful new perspective on gun violence in the United States.
Every year, almost 40,000 people are shot and killed in America. Each shooting devastates the victim's family and friends. Behind the Bullet explores a side of gun violence that's rarely talked about - the impact a shooting has on the shooter. Four individuals share how pulling the trigger changed them emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. They describe the moral injury that comes after a selfdefense, accidental, or unintentional shooting, offering a new and unbiased perspective on gun violence.
Director Heidi Yewman
Heidi’s passion for gun violence prevention began in 1999 when her former basketball coach and teacher, Dave Sanders was killed in the Columbine High School massacre along with 12 students. Heidi is a graduate of Columbine.
In 2009 she wrote the book, Beyond the Bullet: Personal Stories of Gun Violence Aftermath, profiling 19 people forever altered by the impact of gun violence. She is a tireless advocate for gun safety, sitting on the boards of Brady United to Prevent Gun Violence, Women Donors Network, Stop our Shootings, and Trauma Intervention Program of Portland, OR. Heidi’s vast experience working with trauma victims, advocating for gun violence solutions, and community organizing has inspired her to find unique ways to look at gun violence which creates a more meaningful dialog.
Heidi has been published in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian and the Columbian. Heidi’s four-part series, My Month With a Gun was published in The Denver Post, Ms. Magazine and The Daily Beast.
Heidi’s first feature documentary, Behind the Bullet, is being released in 2019. The film provides an in-depth look at the lives of four individuals who’ve shot someone and the profound impact it’s had on their lives.