On December 14, 2012, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School sent shockwaves throughout the entire country, leaving a devastating impact on the city of Newtown, Connecticut as it struggled with how to both remember and move on from the tragedy. While Kim A. Snyder’s documentary “Newtown,” which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, focuses on the Newtown community as it came together in the aftermath of the tragedy, a new documentary premiering this Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival takes a slightly different approach.
Set one year after the shooting, Lloyd Kramer’s “Midsummer in Newtown” follows a group of students as they prepare for a rock-pop musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” a production that came to the city for the express purpose of helping to heal the wounded hearts of the community. In addition to tracking the students as they learn how to work together for opening night, the film also features a performance by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who lost his daughter in the shooting.
“Midsummer in Newtown” will have its world premiere Sunday night, April 17, at the SVA Theatre. You can watch the exclusive trailer above.