Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2016
Country: United States
Run Time: 85 minutes


On December 14, 2012, the world watched in horror as a senseless massacre unfolded at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children between the ages of six and seven were dead, as were six educators. Because of their increased frequency, mass shootings are less shocking in our culture now, but this one was notably different. The thought of a madman spraying over a hundred bullets into children is unbearable, yet we must understand the reality of the terror they faced. That’s the focus of Kim A. Snyder's haunting documentary, NEWTOWN. While the film briefly touches on gun control, it doesn’t aim to be political. Snyder focuses on three parents who lost their children, Daniel, Ben, and Dylan; the names are important here, as too often the media gives attention to the shooter. As the nation moves on, the pain for these families is still fresh. Not a moment goes by that they aren’t reminded of that hellish day. By remembering and honoring the lives of those who were lost, NEWTOWN rises above the politics that often overshadow the true impact of this tragedy. –E.F.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Saturday, April 02, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Newtown: 'A Story of Collective Grief'

Kim A. Snyder

Kim A. Snyder is a director and producer from New York. She graduated with a Master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1986.

"I Remember Me" (2000)—25th CIFF, "Welcome To Shelbyville" (2009)—35th CIFF, NEWTOWN (2016)

Kim A. Snyder, Maria Cuomo Cole

Derek Wiesehahn

Gabriel Rhodes

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