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Video: Shotgun Willie's strip club teases new reality show Under the Gun

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A screen capture from the new trailer for Under the Gun.
Last month, we brought you the news that Libertarian Glendale mayor Mike Dunafon is running for Colorado governor. Dunafon has a storied history with the tiny city of Glendale: In the late '90s, he helped stifle the then-mayor's plans to put restrictions on the city's lucrative strip clubs -- including the iconic Shotgun Willie's, which is owned by Dunafon's wife, Debbie Matthews. Dunafon was eventually elected mayor himself and helped usher in an era of growth for Glendale that saw the city build the country's only municipally owned rugby stadium and make moves toward constructing a $400 million riverwalk entertainment district along the banks of Cherry Creek.

Along the way, Dunafon has begun filming a reality show called Under the Gun. And this week, the show released a new trailer -- chock-full of Libertarian ideals and strippers.

We first wrote about the reality show last summer, when we spoke with Los Angeles-based director Patrick Guthrie. "The point of this is to show that in this family, you have two people who are involved in very different ways that are very important in the future of their city," he told us, referring to Dunafon and Matthews.

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Mike Dunafon.
Here's more of what Guthrie had to say:
Guthrie met Dunafon during the planning for the Infinity Park rugby complex and is a true Dunafon believer. According to him, Dunafon and Matthews were approached by the likes of HBO and Playboy to do a reality show centered around Matthews's club, but turned down the offers when the networks wouldn't give them editorial control. Instead, the three decided to produce a show themselves.

But their vision is different from the all-access, behind-the-scenes tenor of most reality TV. In fact, it seems more like a platform from which to share Dunafon's political views, which he explains on his website: "Imagine a world that is libertarian, secular, fiscally conservative, big-family, small-government, and decidedly pro-business. Imagine an America where Liberty defines all of our choices." The show's hashtag on Twitter is #RestoreLiberty.

"The editorial voice of the show is Mike's," Guthrie says. "He has a certain way of connecting with people.... I would say that he has gravitas. When he walks in the room, everyone turns around and goes, 'Who's that guy?'"

This latest trailer, which was posted on the Under the Gun website as well as Facebook and Twitter, seems to have less politics and more nakedness. We've reached out to Dunafon to ask him about the new trailer, and we'll update this post if and when we hear back.

Watch the trailer below. We've also included two videos featured on Dunafon's website, mikedunafon.com, about his run for governor. One of them includes an appearance by Wyclef Jean, who played at this year's 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park in Denver.

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Videos: Strippers and liberty co-star in Glendale mayor Mike Dunafon's reality show."


Follow me on Twitter @MelanieAsmar or e-mail me at melanie.asmar@westword.com


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hawthornerebekah
hawthornerebekah

I'd like to see the trailer, but the link doesn't work, and the Under The Gun Youtube and Facebook pages have been deleted. Was the trailer really that bad?

SheilahT
SheilahT

I am active in the Colorado Libertarian Party.  I have NEVER met Mike Dunafon.  He is NOT our gubernatorial candidate, Mathew Hess is. 


Is he running as an unaffiliated candidate while claiming to be libertarian in philosophy?  

Perhaps Westword would consider running an article to clarify this.  Thank you. 


Brittni Steppen Wolff
Brittni Steppen Wolff

It shouldn't be an issue. If a prostitution/drug ring was being run through Shotgun Willies, then that would be a big deal. There is nothing wrong with a woman running a business focused on women who are comfortable with their bodies and know how to use them to make money.

Bradley Branaman
Bradley Branaman

Money & politics do not work! Sorry to have to inform the uninformed! That is all carry on....

WhoCares
WhoCares

Will the show discuss how they don't pay the dancers and charge them stage rent?   Will the show cover the IRS and Colorado Department of Labor audit of this?   That would be good TV!

Damon Medina
Damon Medina

What a sleeze he'll fit right in with the others.

Joshua Isaiah Gelo
Joshua Isaiah Gelo

I'm sorry but after bush and Arnold can get in office and if you have the funds, who can't get in.

Joey Molumby
Joey Molumby

ohhh looks like a deleted scene from kill bill in that banner pic.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

Can we please have this entire derp festival deported to Texas?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How much did this douche-bag pay you for this promotional publicity?


Free lap dances?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WhoCares  ... there is often a whistleblower reward of 20%-30% of any taxes, penalties and fines imposed upon such lawbreaking scum.

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