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Stowe Story Labs exists to help emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers get work made and seen.



David Rocchio


STOWE, VT – Stowe Cinema, located on the Mountain Road in Stowe, will be the venue for a one-time screening of The UK’s Channel 4 documentary, THE GUN SHOP, on Tuesday, April 4 at 8:30 PM. The screening is a benefit for the non-profit Stowe Story Labs and Helen Day Art Center.

Co-produced by Stowe resident, David Rocchio, THE GUN SHOP is a documentary about guns in America from the perspective of one gun shop and the community around it. The show was filmed in Battle Creek, Michigan. The documentary received 4- and 5-star reviews throughout the UK when broadcast November, 2016.

A donation of $35 or more will provide admission to the reception, screening and Q&A to follow. To buy tickets click here. There will be a reception at 7:30 PM. The screening is slated for 8:30 PM with a Q&A immediately after with co-producer David Rocchio and Director John Douglas

“I am so pleased our sales agent gave us the right to screen the film in Stowe,” said co-producer David Rocchio. “My purpose in making this doc was to create a window into a gun shop, the people who pass through it and the issue of guns in America. My idea was simple: I love going to Parro’s in Waterbury and also believe in strict gun control. I cannot stand how we allow different opinions on things like guns to be used to divide us so deeply,” he said. “We need to restart dialogue in America and a conversation starts with listening,” he said.

Helen Day Director Rachel Moore said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to further our partnership with Stowe Story Labs and collaboratively support the production of relevant issues through film and through the arts – a core part of our mission.


Stowe Story Labs is a Stowe-based non-profit dedicated to bringing the world’s top emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers to Stowe for workshops, labs and ongoing mentoring to get work made and seen.

Helen Day Art Center is a non-profit contemporary arts organization that offers cutting edge thematic exhibitions and an extensive adult and youth education program.


John Douglas - Director

Director: John Douglas is an award-winning series director and producer for BBC and Channel 4. His credits include the fixed rig series 24 Hours in A&E, Life and Death Row, Our War, Dog Borstal and Olympic Dreams.