Los Angeles-based prodco World of Wonder has begun production on a feature-length documentary about gun violence in New Orleans, featuring international bounce legend Big Freedia.
The film, titled Freedia Got a Gun, focuses in on Big Freedia (pictured) following the loss her brother,Adam Ross, to gun violence in the previous year. He was one of many shot in New Orleans in 2018, where 95% of gunshot victims are black. Big Freedia herself has been shot, along with more than 70 friends, family members and acquaintances.
She has since been on a quest to discover the causes of gun violence, exploring its intersections with race and toxic masculinity. Freedia Got a Gun follows her as she goes looking for answers. World of Wonder Productions has previously worked with Big Freedia on Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce for Fuse.
World of Wonder’s past credits include RuPaul’s Drag Race for VH1 and Logo, Million Dollar Listing for Bravo and Dancing Queen for Netflix, as well as feature docs like Inside Deep Throat, I Am Britney Jean, Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking and Monica in Black and White.
“Through Big Freedia’s lifelong and often heart-wrenching relationship with guns, we see the complexities of the issues surrounding gun control,” said Bailey and Barbato in a joint statement. “She has not only lost family to gun violence, but also nearly lost her own life when she herself was shot. Big Freedia’s candor about her experience speaks for many whose voices go unheard in America’s current gun debate.”
World of Wonder co-founders, producers and directors Barbato and Bailey will receive the David Lyle Maverick Award tonight (Jan. 28) at the 2019 Realscreen Summit in New Orleans in recognition of their longstanding, groundbreaking work in unscripted television content.