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.
As filmmakers, we are always searching for powerful films that speak to the heart and soul. The films that we are searching for can come from various genres of productions including, documentaries, dramas, short films, and even music videos. With one of the largest films festivals in the world coming to Park City, Utah on January 21, 2016, the Sundance Film Festival has a massive selection of independent films that have the potential to fit in what we call the “transformative” category…in other words, films that inspire.
We are excited at Metamora Films to continue our hunt for meaningful films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as an official media outlet. This means we’ll be covering the red carpet, film premieres and holding interviews with actors, directors and producers! So, what films are we covering? At Metamora Films, our mission is: “transforming hearts and minds through film”, and it’s this mission that we are empathizing at the film festival.
A film that caught our eye, As You Are, directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, is a “refreshing take on the coming-of-age tale boasts a plethora of young talent with boundless potential.” Set in the early 1990s, As You Are unfolds as a series of disparate memories. Prompted by a police investigation, we witness alternating perspectives of pivotal moments in the relationship between three teenage friends: Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Bound by their aversion to the culture around them, Jack and Mark explore the limits of friendship and love until Mark’s judgmental father tears them apart. We like the sound of the film’s synopsis and the emphasis on friendship, family and the challenges of growing up.
Another film that we plan to cover is Maya Angelou And Still I Rise, a documentary directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack. Skillfully crafted with heart and ease, this film reflects the vibrant spirit of an American legend who was determined to live her philosophies and fought for what she believed in her whole life.
The Fundamentals of Caring is a premier narrative feature starring: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson and Frederick Weller. Directed by Rob Burnett, every wrong turn is a surprise and every misadventure a new possibility in the film. In The Fundamentals of Caring, an unlikely gaggle of misfit travelers turns a personal journey into a joyride of a film.
More films we plan to cover are: Resilience, Under the Gun, Certain Woman, starring Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams, and the film The Hollars, starring John Krasinski and Anna Kendrick. Though mostly a comedy, The Hollars looks at the importance of family. Directed by John Krasinski, this is a feature film that we don’t want to miss this year at the festival.
We are proud to announce that our film, “The Forgiveness Journey” is as an official selection at the 6th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles from September 11-21st!
“The mission of the Awareness Film Festival is bringing awareness and to open eyes to some of our world’s pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit. We showcase both Documentary and Narrative Features, as well as Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements. We have filmmaker Q&A’s, filmmaker Panels, as well as conscious art and music. Zen Den takes place with healing treatments and classes.
The Awareness Film Festival was formed by Heal One World, a non-profit charity. This Festival is also a fundraiser for Heal One World. Any net profits from this event will go completely to charity.”
Please join us in Los Angeles in September. We are so excited about making The Forgiveness Journey available to a spirit filled, eager Los Angeles audience. We also love the opportunity to share this powerful film to as many people as possible. Our mission at Metamora Films is to “transform hearts and minds through film“, and we think the Awareness Festival is a perfect fit for our film.
For more information on this charitable film festival, visit: http://awarenessfestival.org