Scroll below to experience the impact of Newtown since it’s premiere.


January 24, 2016

Sundance Premiere

After the premiere at Sundance, the film started receiving praise from the press and included a panel discussion…..

March 14, 2016


“You won’t truly understand gun violence until you see the Newtown documentary. It is a visceral, powerful experience. You will cry. It is worth it.” – Esquire

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June 12, 2016

Orlando Shooting & Newtown Connecticut Premiere

On June 12th, the day of the Orlando massacre, Newtown had its Connecticut premiere at the Greenwich Film Festival. Representative Himes attends the screening with high emotions of all audience goers following the Orlando shooting news.

June 13, 2016

Rep. Jim Himes Walks Out of House’s Moment of Silence

The following day of attending a Newtown screening, Rep. Himes walked out of the moment of silence as a protest to Congress’s inaction on the issue of gun violence.

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June 15, 2016

White House Screening

On June 15th, Newtown screens at the White House. At the same time of the screening, Himes’ colleagues staged a historic filibuster on the floor of the Senate. Connecticut Senator Chris’s Murphy’s 15 hour filibuster was unprecedented.

“I am convinced, that the momentum with films like Newtown, we can get reform done because we don’t have a choice.” – Nita Lowey

June 22, 2016

AFI Lab & Historic Sit-In

On June 22nd, during our meetings on the hill in the AFI Impact Lab, Rep. John Lewis initiated an historic sit-in lasting into the hours of the night.

June 23, 2016

Senator Himes Attends AFI Screening to Support the Newtown Impact

“On Sunday evening, shortly after I learned of yet another massacre of innocent Americans by a madman with a gun, I attended the Connecticut premiere of “Newtown,” a documentary chronicling the emotional aftermath for several parents whose children were obliterated by Adam Lanza and his AR-15 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After the film, I talked with Mark Barden, the father of Daniel Barden, who was murdered at age 7. I marveled at the strength Mark showed in the face of inconceivable loss, and again in recounting his tortured journey to the filmmakers…”

June 23, 2016

Rep. Himes Cites Newtown as a Catalyst for the Two Weeks of Mayhem in Congress

Congressman Jim Himes speaks after a screening of Newtown at AFI DOCS 2016.

June 28, 2016

Newtown Voices Attend NYC Premiere and Speak of Healing

“David Wheeler, who lost his son Benjamin in the shooting, praised Snyder for the way she respected the needs and wishes of her subjects during filming. “Her approach of sincere empathy and understanding and her willingness to comply with whatever request I made was really, really successful in building a foundation of trust,” Wheeler said. “It allowed us to talk in a way that I knew was going to help me.” – IndieWire

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August 7, 2016

Newtown Goes to Australia Where Audiences Are All Too Familiar With the Aftermath of Mass Gun Violence

This Doco Will Make You Feel Very Thankful For Australian Gun Laws

“Newtown certainly isn’t a sensationalist documentary. This isn’t shameless grief-porn ‘crimes that shocked a nation’-style filmmaking. It’s touching and affecting — a telling reminder for Americans of what’s at stake and a reminder to Australians of how lucky we are.” – Junkee

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September 13, 2016

Congressional Screening

“By showing us tragedy and grief as well as resilience and love, Maria and Kim, you have moved us in our hearts and minds. This documentary sheds light on our very souls and nothing less than our very souls are at stake in this national debate.” – Senator Markey
September 24, 2016

Orlando Community Screenings

Newtown was invited to provide solace to that community in post trauma.

October 6, 2016

Theatrical Release Continues & Conversations Begin

The film’s objective to bring further education of gun violence prevention began at the New York City theatrical events during the week of October 14th, where audience members filled out survey after each screening and discussion. As a result, we learned that…



45% know someone personally affected by gun violence


After watching the film, 93% are more likely to vote for a candidate based on their position on gun violence prevention issues


58% said watching the film changed their views about the need for stricter gun law reform


98% said they feel that civilians should not have access to military style assault weapons


98% of people said that they believe there should be universal background checks

October 6, 2016

NY Times Critics Pick

“The film isn’t a strident piece of advocacy — the gun control issue is just a small part of it — but its sentiments are clear, underscored with heartache eloquently expressed.”

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October 7, 2016

Governor Cuomo Attends NYC Theatrical Premiere

“Our trick is to de-politicize the issue and humanize the issue… and that’s what this film does so effectively, It drips away the illusion of politics, and says it’s not about politics, it’s about people.” – Governor Cuomo

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October 24, 2016

More Join the Newtown Impact Campaign

Influencers, celebrities and politicians continue to join the Newtown campaign and voice their support and change.

“I’m for living a peaceful life…I don’t want to take anybody’s guns away, and I don’t want to tell anybody how to think. I also don’t want my son, my family, or your family to get hurt. It’s entirely preventable…It’s an emotional statement, not a political statement.” – John Slattery, Mad Men

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November 2, 2016

Nationwide Screenings In Over 400 Theaters

The Newtown team partnered with Fathom Events to bring the film to local theaters across the country. Featuring a live “Town Hall” panel discussion via satellite with audiences across the country moderated by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. The conversation will engage a dialogue around the issues of gun violence, collective trauma, and community response from panelists

November 4, 2016

Newtown Trailer Reaches Over 850,000 Views