Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund Grantee


Kim A. Snyder
Maria Cuomo Cole, Kim A. Snyder
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Newtown explores the aftermath of one of the deadliest mass shootings in America’s history that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and 6 educators on 12/14/12.  Over the course of the following three years, the filmmakers use their exceptional access to document interconnected fates within Newtown and beyond, depicting a traumatized community fractured by grief, bonded in otherness, and driven toward a sense of purpose.Newtown is a portrait of a grieving town that has joined the ranks of the club to which no one wants to belong.  An odyssey back and forth through the timeframe of trauma, a series of eye-witness testimonials thread seamlessly throughout the film bearing witness to the narrative of trauma that day.Through the lens of this horrific historic event we begin to understand, experientially, the far-reaching fallout of community trauma, and in turn, the capacity for collective compassion and resilience.