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Sunday, April 17, 2016

MIDSUMMER IN NEWTOWN

A Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Selection

By D.E.Levine

Lloyd Kramer's documentary about a group of Newtown Connecticut residents and NYC theater professionals comes in the wake of the 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

When 20 first graders and 6 educators are slain, theater director Michael Unger and other theater professionals decide to create a distraction for the survivors by producing a pop musical take on a Midsummer's Nights Dream.

The film follows the production from auditions to opening night and focuses on three participants, two children who are living and one who was killed and is represented by her parents.

An interesting study on the mechanism of using immersion in an artistic production to cope with the hurt, fear and loss of the elementary school killings, the film is unique not in the production, but in the efforts to promote a healing process.



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