NEWTOWN
(85 min) US
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WEDNESDAY 10/25, 7:50 PM (Session 15)

Director: Kim A. Snyder
Producers: Kim A. Snyder, Maria Cuomo Cole, Nick Stuart, Carolanne Dolan, Mara Sandler, Jamie Wolf

Description:
On December 14, 2012, a disturbed young man committed a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of twenty elementary school children and six educators. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, Newtown uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through raw and heartbreaking interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose. They speak candidly about their grief, anger, and disbelief over what occurred and their disappointment that nothing has truly changed in regards to the country’s legislative response to gun violence.

Biography:
Kim A. Snyder’s last feature documentary, Welcome to Shelbyville, was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens. Kim co-founded the BeCause Foundation to direct and produce a series of socially conscious documentaries which have won numerous awards with campaigns furthering the work of the social innovators they highlight. Kim’s award-winning directorial debut, I Remember Me, was theatrically distributed by Zeitgeist Films. She associate produced the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor. Kim is a Sundance Institute Fellow.

Maria Cuomo Cole has produced and tackled such relevant subjects as gun violence, homelessness, veterans, PTSD, domestic violence, and sexual violence. Most recently, she executive produced The Hunting Ground, a powerful and harrowing investigation into the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Ms. Cuomo Cole executive produced The Invisible War. The groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the US military, was nominated for an Academy Award. Maria Cuomo Cole has worked as an advocate for homeless families, victims of domestic violence and veterans as Chairman of HELP USA.

Contact Information:
e: kaitlyn@newtownfilm.com
w: www.newtownfilm.com


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