In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook school, the town takes action against gun violence.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
April 3, 2017
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2017 Peabody Awards-George Foster Peabody Award
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    2016 Critics Choice Documentary Award-Best Politicial Documentary
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    2016 Crested Butte Film Festival-Best Documentary
  • Kim A. Snyder

    Kim A. Snyder

    Kim A. Snyder’s film Welcome To Shelbyville was a recipient of a Gucci-Tribeca Documentary Fund grant, an official selection of the US State Department's American Documentary Showcase, and was nationally broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens in 2011. In 2007, Snyder co-founded the BeCause Foundation to direct and produce a series of socially conscious Show more documentaries, which have won numerous awards with campaigns furthering the work of the social innovators they highlight. She directed and produced the award-winning documentary feature I Remember Me, which was theatrically distributed by Zeitgeist Films. In 1994, Kim associate produced the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor which became the cornerstone of The Trevor Project, a national organization dedicated to suicide prevention among gay youth. She has served on the admissions review committee for NYU’s Graduate Film Program and graduated with a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Show less

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    The Film

    Newtown explores the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six of their educators were killed on December 14, 2012. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, the lives of several characters profoundly affected by the fallout of gun violence interconnect and propel the town toward introspection and action.