Social Justice Filmmaking at Sundance 2016: Newtown Documentary
There are no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back the 20 children and six educators who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In Kim A. Snyder’s searing new film “Newtown“, we are given exclusive access into the homes of those who lost loved ones. They speak candidly about their grief, anger, and disbelief over what occurred and how nothing has changed in regards to basic gun control reform.
“I still dread that every day I live, I’m one day farther away from my life with Daniel,” says bereaved father Mark Barden. Another parent, as she walks past the school shooter’s old property, reflects, “There are dreams when I’m in the classroom and I’m able to stop him.” Each person, be it a parent, school nurse, or state police officer, tries in their own way to make sense of their loss, as well as confront our nation’s inability to quell gun violence in even the most peaceful of communities. There are no easy answers or fixes in Newtown. The film’s brilliance–and hope–lies in its ability to internalize profound grief and allow it to reverberate within our collective conscience.
Film Director, Matt Duhamel from Metamora Films, hopes to meet with Kim A. Snyder during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah to discuss her vision for future films, and to talk about how she has worked with leading independent documentary filmmakers to combine social-justice focused films with Impact Campaigns to bring about a more just and compassionate world.
“Metamora Films is covering Sundance this year in search of transformative films and filmmakers, and Kim A. Synder definitely falls into this category”, Duhamel said. He adds, “I think Kim and I have the same vision…to better the world through the power of film.”
Along with “Newtown” , Transform Films Inc will release two additional documentaries on their 2016 slate: “Women Veterans” (working titles) with award winning director Brittany Huckerbee following a group of women veterans in San Antonio dealing with issues of PTSD as they re-build their lives after the military; and “Milwaukee 53206” (director Keith McQuirter) looking at the effects of mass incarceration on the community of the Zip Code with the greatest percentage of African American males who are incarcerated (64% of 30-40 year olds).
The world premier of “Newtown” is at the Temple Theatre in Park City, Utah on Sunday, January 24th at 3pm. For ticket information, please visit the Sundance Film Festival Program.