Screening of the Documentary Film "Newtown"
In Newtown, 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. After the film, CNN anchor and Westport resident Alisyn Camerota will moderate a discussion with teacher Abbey Clements, who survived the shooting, will answer questions. (2016, 1h 25m) Register online.
NOTE LOCATION: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue
Community partner: The League of Women Voters
New York Times Critics Pick: “Its sentiments are clear, underscored with heartache eloquently expressed.”
Abbey Clements was a second grade teacher at Sandy Hook School for 11 years. She and her students survived the shooting on December 14, 2012, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. Since the shooting, Abbey has become a gun violence prevention activist; she is both a Survivor Fellow with Everytown for Gun Safety and a Communications Lead for the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Abbey taught at Sandy Hook School for two and a half years after the tragedy, and is currently teaching fourth grade at another Newtown elementary school.