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'Newtown' Documentary Set For Wide Release In Theaters

A new film, "Newtown," looks at how the community of Newtown came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Director - Kim A. Snyder Premiere - Sundance Film Festival 2016
A new film, "Newtown," looks at how the community of Newtown came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Director - Kim A. Snyder Premiere - Sundance Film Festival 2016 Video Credit: film tribe

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A documentary dealing with the aftermath of the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, "Newtown," has been picked up by a major company that will release the film in theaters and then on TV, according to Variety.

The film by Kim A. Snyder recently premiered at the Greenwich Film Festival to a packed house . To one local lawmaker it was so powerful, that he was inspired to walk-out of a moment of silence for the Orlando victims as a sign of protest against the lack of movement in Washington on gun legislation.

"I had just seen the film for the second time and it was in my mind when I made the decision to walk out," said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT 4th District). "It shows the real emotional tragedy that affects the families when something like this happens. It was very powerful."

The film, produced by Maria Cuomo Cole and filmed over the course of nearly three years, tells the never-before-heard stories of how the families and the town was affected forever, said Variety.

Himes isn't sure the film will make a difference when it is shown to members of Congress on July 13, but he believes it is an important film to see.

During the tragedy, Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six staff members at the elementary school before killing himself in 2012.

Abramorama, the company who obtained the rights, will open the film in theaters in October. The film will air on PBS in early 2017, added Variety.

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