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'Newtown' Among Documentaries Leading Pack At Greenwich Film Festival

"Newtown," a documentary film, will focus on the parents, doctors, emergency responders and heros who responded to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"Newtown," a documentary film, will focus on the parents, doctors, emergency responders and heros who responded to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

GREENWICH, Conn. – A documentary film tackling the experiences of parents, doctors, emergency responders and heroes of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown will be among those headlining the second annual Greenwich International Film Festival, or GIFF.

Tickets for the festival, scheduled over four days from June 9 to 12, go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 12. They can be purchased online .

“Newtown,” is a film set to screen on Sunday, June 11, at Bow Tie Cinemas. According to GIFF organizers, director Kim Snyder, along with producer Maria Cuomo Cole ,will join several family members and audience members in a Q&A session.

"'Newtown' is a portrait of community resilience and hope in the aftermath of heartbreaking tragedy,” Snyder said. “We thank the families and survivors in our film for their courage, grace and trust in sharing their most personal stories, and we thank the Greenwich International Film Festival for allowing us to share these stories with the local community."

Additional films scheduled to screen during the GIFF include “The Fundamentals of Caring,” which tells “the story of an unlikely pair, who, through their struggles, come to understand the importance of hop and the necessity of true friendship,” according to the film’s backers, and “My Blind Brother,” which centers on a love triangle between two brothers and their mutual love interest.

“We are proud to be featuring these three wonderful films in the centerpiece section of our second edition,” said Colleen deVeer, founder and director of programming for GIFF. “We feel these stories will inspire our audience, while also highlighting social impact themes, an important part of our festival’s mission.”

The GIFF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to hosting a world-class film festival in Greenwich. A full lineup of this year's event is set to be released on May 11. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit human rights initiatives.

For additional information, click here to visit its website .

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