Director David M. Rosenthal talks ‘A Single Shot’

Director David M. Rosenthal recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about his new crime thriller “A Single Shot.”

In “A Single Shot,” which opens Friday, Sept. 20 exclusively at Harkins Shea 14, Sam Rockwell plays a hunter who accidentally shoots a young woman, watches her die and discovers a box of money near her body. He hides her body and takes the cash but when he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with Rosenthal by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the director discusses why actor Sam Rockwell was perfect for this project and what he hopes that audiences will take away from watching “A Single Shot.”

Before I met [Sam Rockwell], he was someone whose worked I absolutely revered and someone who I thought of as one of the greatest actors of his generation. The characters that he has portrayed in ‘Moon,’ ‘The Assassination of Jesse James,’ ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ and so many other films combined with all of his comedy work, he is a guy who shows such muscular range as an actor.

When you see that, you go, ‘This is someone who can do anything. This is someone who you can just watch and watch and watch.’ It is those kind of performers who you have to employ to tell stories and to be the central focus of stories like this one, where it is resting completely on their shoulders. We are with this guy John Moon from beginning to end. He is almost in every frame of the movie. So it has got to be someone who compels us, draws us in on several levels and has a deep inner life.

My intention for telling this story was never to moralize in any way, but I think that this is a story about redemption. He redeems himself by overcoming something very personal – and not in a public way. He does that redemption to nature and to God. When he goes back into the woods at the end and what he does, it is not like he is going to the public or to the cops. The peace that he needs to make is peace with his maker and peace with nature. The guy is very connected to nature. So I guess that there is something in there about redemption as it relates to the natural world.” – David M. Rosenthal

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

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