WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE
cordially invites you to the AFI DOCS FILM FESTIVAL screening of NEWTOWN and Panel Discussion with
Director Kim A. Snyder and Lisa Desjardins from PBS NewsHour
THURSDAY 23 JUNE @ 5:45PM
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 / MAP
85 minutes / Director: Kim A. Snyder
Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.
“Powerful and illuminating.” – The New York Times
“Kim A. Snyder’s Sandy Hook documentary is an elegant, devastating portrait of a town in mourning.” – Andrew Barker, Variety
After the Film
Panel Discussion with Director Kim A. Snyder and Lisa Desjardins from PBS NewsHour
KIM A. SNYDER
Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard / Kim A. Snyder directed Newtown, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and is being theatrically released in September 2016, with a national broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens series in late 2016. Snyder’s last feature documentary is Welcome to Shelbyville, also broadcast on Independent Lens. In 2007, Snyder co-founded the BeCause Foundation to direct and produce socially conscious documentaries, many of which have won awards, with campaigns furthering the work of the social innovators they highlight. Snyder’s award-winning directorial debut feature documentary, I Remember Me, was released in 2000. In 1994, she associate produced the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor.
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