Documentary on Newtown opens in theaters

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A documentary playing Wednesday night at local theaters deals with the worst school shooting in the state. It’s called “Newtown” and it looks at the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School four years after the fact.

Six theaters in Connecticut are hosting special screenings of the new documentary “Newtown”. This movie is less about how the terrible shooting happened and more about how the community of Newtown dealt with it.

Folks here in Connecticut don’t need to be reminded of the fact of what happened on December 14, 2012. We all know a mentally ill man killed his mother then used her assault rifle to slaughter 20 first graders and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

There were literally news crews from around the world in Newtown the next day, so everybody knows that part. This movie deals with the aftermath. The filmmakers talked to EMTs, police officers, teachers, survivors, parents of survivors, and parents of kids who did not survive. This is a movie about how they all managed to get through it.

“There is no closure,” director/producer Kim Snyder said. “And I think it’s something that scars survivor communities for years and generations.”

The movie’s makers say they want to help the conversation about gun control. The film does not shy away from politics; in fact, the film is produced by Maria Cuomo-Cole. Her brother, Andrew Cuomo, is the governor of New York, and he pushed through tough gun control laws after Sandy Hook.

Her other brother, Chris, the CNN anchor, is hosting a town hall-style discussion via satellite with audiences after Wednesday night’s special screening.

Besides the Milford mall, where can people see “Newtown”? It’s playing in 500 theaters nationwide for this special screening Wednesday night. Six of those are here in Connecticut. It’s playing in Branford, Danbury, North Haven, Manchester, Waterbury, and Milford.

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