‘Newtown’ Headlines March’s Indie Lens Pop-Up in Scottsbluff

News Release Date: 
March 7, 2017

‘Newtown’ Headlines March’s Indie Lens Pop-Up in Scottsbluff

LINCOLN, Neb (March 7, 2017) – A searing documentary using the deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to tell the story of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is featured during March’s Indie Lens Pop-Up community film series in Scottsbluff.

“Newtown” starts at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9, at the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff. "Newtown"

The December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn., is the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. Through raw and heartbreaking 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.

In partnership with NET and the Midwest Theater, the Independent Lens documentary film screening combined with speakers and open discussion, confronts real-life issues while bringing people together for community-driven conversation around films from the award-winning PBS series.

A discussion will take place following the film.

Future film screenings and discussions in Scottsbluff include:

6:30 p.m., April 3 – “National Bird” -- Follow whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries.

7:30 p.m., May 25 – “Real Boy” -- This coming-of-age story features Bennett, a transgender teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, and he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated transgender folk singer Joe Stevens.

Indie-Lens Pop-Up film and discussion series is free and open to the public. For more information about Independent Lens, visit pbs.org/independentlens. Film screenings will also be available and the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln and the West Point Community Theatre in West Point. Visit netNebraska.org/engage and http://westpointcommunitytheatre.org/ for dates and times.

NET operates the statewide public service network which includes television, radio and online services. To learn more, visit netNebraska.org.

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CONTACT: Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org

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