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Newtown: Sundance doc acquired for theatrical release

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Indie film distributor Abramorama announced Monday it has acquired theatrical distribution rights to Kim A. Snyder’s documentary Newtown, which revolves around the aftermath of the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7. 

Featuring unique access to subjects for never-before-heard testimonies, Newtown was filmed over the course of three years, and examines the effects of the shooting on the small Connecticut community. 

“We consider it a great privilege to be part of this process and will work long and hard to insure that Newtown can be seen, and the message can be heard, in all corners of the country,” said Richard Abramowitz, president of Abramorama, in a press release. Snyder added, “We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Abramorama, who have been so successful with getting a range of notable documentaries into the world.” 

After earning strong reviews out of the Sundance Film Festival in January, the film went on to screen June 13 in Greenwich, Connecticut, where it was viewed by state Rep. Jim Himes the evening after the deadly mass shooting in Orlando. Himes cited Newtown as one of the reasons he staged a protest in the House of Representatives the following day, walking out of the assembly on a moment of silence for the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack. The film screens for Congress on July 13.

Abramorama releases Newtown to theaters during awards season in October, while The Orchard (Cartel LandThe Overnight) is handling TV and home entertainment distribution for the project (not including a planned PBS premiere in early 2017). 

Watch a clip from Newtown in the video below. 

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