Ramin Bahrani Talks about his new Documentary ‘2nd Chance’

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Writer, Director Ramin Bahrani Talks about his new Documentary ‘2nd Chance‘ expanding into more theaters, Friday, December 9, 2022.

More known for his feature film work, Iranian-American writer and director Ramin Bahrani steps into the field of documentary film making with ‘2nd Chance‘, a film that follows the misadventures of failed pizzeria owner, Richard Davis, who in 1969 sets out to invent the modern day bullet proof vest.

To prove how effective his vest is, Davis sets out to shoot himself in the chest an incredible 192 times, that allows his company to become the largest manufacture of body armor in the United States and one of the top producers in the world. His creation has been used by police forces and the military the world over.

Davis’ downfall begins when a police officer loses his life while wearing a Second Chance vest, and reveals a man full of contradictions cultivated over decades of reckless behavior. Davis somehow manages to save lives while endangering countless more in the process.

In speaking with Bahrani, we discuss the loss of the Iranian national team to Team U.S.A. in the World Cup, what it was like to transitioning from what was originally going to be a narrative picture into a documentary, using countless hours of footage and interviewing people who knew David into a remarkable story of, “I wouldn’t believe it if we didn’t have proof that it existed.”

Official Synposis:

In 1969 a bankrupt pizzeria owner, Richard Davis, invented the modern-day bulletproof vest. To prove that it worked, he shot himself — point blank — 192 times. Davis then launched Second Chance, which became one of the largest body armor companies in the world. Charming and brash, he directed sensational marketing films, earning him celebrity status among police and gun owners across the country. But the death of a police officer wearing a Second Chance vest catalyzes Davis’ fall, and reveals a man full of contradictions cultivated over decades of reckless behavior. Equally as questionable as he was captivating, Davis saved thousands of lives while endangering exponentially more.

2nd Chance‘ expanding into more theaters, Friday, December 9, 2022.

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