ITVS joins the City of Orlando and Global Peace Film Festival to screen NEWTOWN in advance of Spring 2017 PBS Airdate

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ORLANDO, Fla. – ITVS, regarded for producing independent films that tackle complex social issues and enhance dialogue, is leading two screening events for NEWTOWN at this year’s Global Peace Film Festival. Tapping the power of independent film to bring together communities like those affected by gun violence in Newtown, CT, and Orlando, ITVS will screen the 85-minute documentary and convene a panel. Along with the NEWTOWN filmmaker and key film subjects, local leaders and others will participate in this moderated panel discussion focusing on community resilience and healing, and ways we can address gun violence.

NEWTOWN was filmed over three years, and the documentary by director Kim A. Snyder and producer Maria Cuomo Cole offers a window into the lives of people deeply affected by the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in America. Through first-person testimonies, the film shows how a community still reeling from a senseless tragedy and fractured by grief can come together.

The screenings, and accompanying community panels, will be the first in a series of Indie Lens Pop-Up events held in cities confronting the fallout of recent gun violence before its television premiere. NEWTOWN will air in March 2017 on Independent Lens on PBS.

In addition to NEWTOWN, the Global Peace Film Festival will screen the ITVS-funded films: BEST OF ENEMIES and CARE.

WHEN: September 24 and 25, 2016

WHERE: September 24, 2016

7:45 p.m. screening followed by a panel discussion

Plaza Cinema Café, Orlando

September 25, 2016

5:00 p.m. screening followed by a panel discussion

Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, Winter Park

WHO: September 24: Kim A. Snyder (Newtown Director), Mark and Jackie Barden

(Newtown film subjects, Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise), moderated by Shaady Salehi (Managing Director, Distribution & Impact at ITVS)

September 25: Kim A. Snyder (Director), Interfaith Council of Central Florida, moderated by Shaady Salehi (Managing Director, Distribution & Impact at ITVS)

CONTACT: Charlie DiPasquale 240-481-6632 |

Posted on September 24, 2016