By Deb Christian
CHICAGO (March 30, 2017) — NEWTOWN, a documentary produced by Odyssey Networks, about the December 2012 killings of 26 people – 20 children and 6 adults – at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., shows the tragedy’s impact on the lives of victims’ families, friends and larger communities. The film was screened for attendees just prior to the opening of RCC’s national convention in Chicago.
Carefully nuanced and distilled from more than 400 hours of interviews occurring over a period of nearly three years and recording the lives of some of those who were most directly touched on that terrible day, the film tries to answer the question, “What remains after all is lost?” and touches the heart of the viewer and explores the sorrow and responses to this individual act of gun violence.
Interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, first responders, medical personnel reveal the trauma to the community and the deep grief, but also a developing sense of purpose to keep their loved ones alive in memory and to stem the easy access to firearms.