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Woodstock, NY (July 2016) - The Woodstock Film Festival is thrilled to present a special screening of  the documentary film NEWTOWN on Wednsday, August 24, 8:15pm at Upstate Films Rhinebeck, 6415 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck NY,  followed by a discussion featuring producer Maria Cuomo Cole and director Kim. A Snyder. For details and tickets, visit http://woodstockfilmfestival.com/events/newtown.php

Seen in a still from the documentary "Newtown". 

Seen in a still from the documentary "Newtown". 

Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. NEWTOWN documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

We are honored to show this moving and important film that has far too much relevance today as it did when filming first began” - Woodstock Film Festival's Co-Founder & Executive Director. 

You won’t truly understand gun violence until you see the Newtown documentary.” - Esquire

“Arguably the most timely festival film this year.” - Entertainment Weekly

Kim A. Snyder’s most recent film, NEWTOWN premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was hailed in Entertainment Weekly as among the “Best of Sundance.” NEWTOWN is poised to have a theatrical release in September 2016, with a national broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in early 2017.

Maria Cuomo Cole is the award-winning producer of the feature documentary, NEWTOWN. Most recently, she executive produced THE HUNTING GROUND, directed by Kirby Dick.  The award winning film has been lauded as a powerful investigation into the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. In 2012, Ms. Cuomo Cole worked with the same film team, executive producing the 2014 Oscar® nominated documentary, THE INVISIBLE WAR. This groundbreaking documentary about the epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the U.S. military, which served as a catalyst for federal legislation and enacted federal policy reforms. For this film, she was awarded two Emmy® awards and a Peabody. In her career, she has tackled such relevant subjects as gun violence, homelessness, veterans’ PTSD, Domestic Violence and sexual assault. 

For more information on this film, visit http://newtownfilm.com/

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The Woodstock Film Festival returns October 13-16, 2016 with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.