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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

MIDSUMMER IN NEWTOWN

TFF 2016 Directed by Lloyd Kramer
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE MIDSUMMER IN NEWTOWN [TFF 2016]

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, a theater production comes to Newtown, Connecticut, seeking to cast local children in a rock-pop version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The project is aimed at healing the hearts and minds of a community devastated by the school shooting that occurred just over one year prior to production. From auditions and read-throughs to dress rehearsals; we witness the children find their voice, build their self-confidence, and ultimately shine on opening night. In parallel, we see a grieving family honor their daughter through the creation of a jazz album dedicated to her memory. The film culminates in a moving performance by Jimmy Greene and the pensive words of Nelba Márquez-Greene. Midsummer in Newtown is a testament to the transformative force of artistic expression to pierce through the shadow cast by trauma, and to the resilience of a community that is fighting to not be defined by tragedy.



The Grammy-nominated Jimmy Greene Quartet will perform after the premiere screening.



—Marina Hanna

Interests
Documentary

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, a theater production comes to Newtown, Connecticut, seeking to cast local children in a rock-pop version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The project is aimed at healing the hearts and minds of a community devastated by the school shooting that occurred just over one year prior to production. From auditions and read-throughs to dress rehearsals; we witness the children find their voice, build their self-confidence, and ultimately shine on opening night. In parallel, we see a grieving family honor their daughter through the creation of a jazz album dedicated to her memory. The film culminates in a moving performance by Jimmy Greene and the pensive words of Nelba Márquez-Greene. Midsummer in Newtown is a testament to the transformative force of artistic expression to pierce through the shadow cast by trauma, and to the resilience of a community that is fighting to not be defined by tragedy.



The Grammy-nominated Jimmy Greene Quartet will perform after the premiere screening.



—Marina Hanna

Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 81 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Lloyd Kramer
Producer: Tom Yellin, Braden Cleveland Bergan, Jo Budzilowicz
Editor: Amilcar Gomes
Cinematographer: Matt Peterson, ACS
Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko
Composer: West Dylan Thordson
Co-Producer: Sarahbeth Grossman, Lynn Webb, Van Dean
Co-Executive Producer: Jody Gottlieb, Elise Pearlstein
Contacts

Press Contact
Julia Pacetti
JMP Verdant
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 917 584 7846
julia@jmpverdant.com

Print Source
Lauren Kushner
Participant Media
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 623 4914
lauren@participantmedia.com

US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
josh@submarine.com

International Sales Contact
Lauren Kushner
Participant Media
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 623 4914
lauren@participantmedia.com

About the Director(s)

Lloyd Kramer works in documentaries and scripted television. A three-time DGA nominee, he has also collaborated with producer Tom Yellin on America in Primetime, a four-part PBS series, and Report From Ground Zero, a two-hour ABC Special Documentary account of what happened inside the World Trade Center towers following the 9/11 attacks.

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