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Four Years to the Day After Tragedy, Documentary 'Newtown' to Screen in Summit

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SUMMIT, NJ — "Newtown," a documentary by Kim A. Snyder that chronicles the aftermath of the deadliest shooting of schoolchildren in American history — a shooting that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators — will be screened locally on Dec. 14 at MONDO. The film's showing coincides with the four-year anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, which occurred on Dec. 14, 2012.

The event, hosted by The Film Society of Summit, will begin with a candlelight vigil and live music on MONDO's lower level, and 'Newtown' cinematographer Derek Weisehahn will lead a post-screening discussion.

Filmed over the course of three years, the film weaves together powerful and honest testimonials from parents, teachers, school staff, first responders and clergy members grappling with the tragedy. Taken together, their stories document a traumatized community whose resilience and sense of purpose is as powerful as its grief.

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The film bears witness not only to a community seeking healing in the midst of national media attention, but to all that is left to cope with after the cameras leave. There are no easy answers, no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back those who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Instead, director Snyder gives exclusive access into the lives and homes of those who remain — including parents, a school nurse and state police officers — all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events, each trying in their own way to make sense of their loss. 

Admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets can be reserved by e-mailing summitfilm@gmail.com, or purchased at MONDO, which is located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Seating is limited. For further information, call 973-885-1983 or visit summitfilmsociety.com.

 

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