LOADED GUN: Life, and Death, and Dickinson

Cast and Crew

Read bios of the filmmakers and the cast of LOADED GUN below, or get a list of film credits.

Filmmaker Bios

Jim Wolpaw and Steve Gentile
Jim Wolpaw (L) and Steve Gentile (R)
Photo: Nancy Rider

Jim Wolpaw
Producer/Director/Writer

A Brown University graduate, Wolpaw has worked in independent film for 20 years. His films include the Academy Award-nominated documentary Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date; Cobra Snake for a Necktie, a portrait of Bo Diddley which aired on Showtime; and the feature comedy Complex World. He has freelanced as a writer, film editor, post-production supervisor and creative consultant on numerous documentary projects, and for the past six years has taught film production and screenwriting at Emerson College. His films have won awards at more than a dozen film festivals worldwide and his honors include a Cine Golden Eagle.

Steve Gentile
Producer/Editor/DP

Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987, Gentile has had an extraordinarily diverse film career. His animated films The Ant Who Loved a Girl and The Soldier have won awards at more than 30 film festivals, including London, Hong Kong and Zagreb. As an editor, he has six feature credits, including the cult comedy Complex World. He was also the post-production coordinator on Miramax's Next Stop Wonderland. As a screenwriter, Gentile has scripted three one-hour teleplays for Roger Corman's Sci-Fi Channel series Black Scorpion. He has freelanced in a variety of technical capacities on numerous documentary and industrial projects, and has taught film production and animation at Emerson College, Boston Film/Video Foundation, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Boston University. His honors include a Regional Student Academy Award nomination, a Cine Golden Eagle and a NEA/Massachusetts Artists' Foundation fellowship.

Cast Bios

Julie Harris Julie Harris (Actor)
Harris starred as Emily Dickinson in the one-woman play The Belle of Amherst. In a career that has spanned more than fifty years, Harris has distinguished herself on stage, in film and on television, garnering ten Tony Award nominations (winning five times), eleven Emmy nominations (winning twice), a Grammy award, and an Academy Award nomination.


Billy Collins Billy Collins (U.S. Poet Laureate)
In addition to being U.S. Poet Laureate, Collins has been honored with fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and is a winner of the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize and the Levinson Prize.


Daniel Lombardo Daniel Lombardo
Lombardo was the curator of Special Collections at the Jones Library, Amherst, Massachusetts, for 17 years. He is the author of A Hedge Away: The Other Side of Emily Dickinson's Amherst and a forthcoming book on the history and future of New England windmills.


Dr. Mark Felix Dr. Mark Felix
Dr. Felix is a clinical psychologist practicing in Western Massachusetts.


Dr. Ricardo Castaneda Dr. Ricardo Castaneda
Dr. Ricardo is a psychiatrist who is Director of In-Patient Psychiatric Services at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.


Dr. Ken Rosen Dr. Ken Rosen
The late Dr. Rosen was a psychiatrist who practiced in the New York City area.


Lesley Dill Lesley Dill
Dill is New York-based artist who incorporates Emily Dickinson's words into her work.


Ellen Tadd Ellen Tadd
A sensitive and past-life therapist, Tadd resides and works in Western Massachusetts.


Philip Jenks Philip Jenks
Possessing a full-length tattoo of Emily Dickinson on his back, Jenks is currently an assistant professor at Portland State University in Oregon.


Dr. Alan Powers Dr. Alan Powers
Dr. Powers is a professor of English at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts and the author of Bird Talk: Conversations with Birds.


Dr. Lisa Perkins Dr. Lisa Perkins
Dr. Perkins is a former Tufts University Professor of English and a Keats Scholar.


Polly Longsworth Polly Longsworth
Longsworth is the author of many Dickinson-related books, including Austin and Mabel, a chronicle of the legendary love affair of Emily Dickinson's brother Austin with Mabel Todd, and The Dickinsons of Amherst, a pictorial history.


Dr. Glenn Skwerer Dr. Glenn Skwerer
Dr. Skwerer is a psychiatrist practicing in the Boston, Massachusetts area.


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