Directed by Kim Snyder
Monday, March 20
12:00pm - 2:00 pm
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth St
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Newtown uses deeply personal testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through poignant interviews with parents, siblings, teachers, doctors, and first responders, Newtown documents a traumatized community still reeling from the senseless killing, fractured by grief but driven toward a sense of purpose.
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, Kim A. Snyder - Kim'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 documentaries. . 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.
Discussion and Q&A following screening with
Lorrain Franklin - Taylor
Lorrain Franklin-Taylor, a native of Centreville, Miss. who grew up in a family of nine children, is the founder and chief operating officer of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, a non-profit organization based in Hayward, California. Lorrain, 58, lost both her 22-year-old twin sons, Albade and Obadiah Taylor, to gun violence while they were working on their car in Oakland in February of 2000. After years of devastation and sorrow, Lorrain turned her greatest nightmare into a positive endeavor which has helped hundreds of grieving parents and families who have lost a love one to violence in the Bay Area. A former social worker, Lorrain was forced to resign her job in 2001 and enter long-term disability due to grief related illnesses for five years. In 2006, she began reaching out to homicide victim survivors throughout the Bay Area and Northern California—those who, like her, had experienced extreme trauma from a lost one. Realizing there were limited services for such survivors, she founded 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
This program is co-Presented with
1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence
The organization’s mission is to ease the detrimental impact of violence on homicide victim survivors by providing ongoing compassionate support and services. Among the services are COPE, a grief support and prayer group, 1000 Mothers Mission House Project providing groceries, home decor and small appliances to the ill, elderly and survivors. In addition, 1000 Mothers provides advocacy throughout the Bay Area for violence prevention policies and strategies within communities in collaboration with the Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Her organization also stage events such as The Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing and the PURPLE GALA, which brings survivors and law enforcement together for an evening of healing.
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