November 7 - 9, 2019 at Synchronicity Theatre

Screens Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:20 PM

Join us Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Synchronicity Theatre for the Spotlight Film Awards, a showcase of the very best independent films of 2019.


American Tragedy

Spotlight Film Awards

January 11, 2020

American Tragedy 
by Josh Sabey - USA - 80 min.

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April 20, 1999 was a day that changed the world. Columbine High School was under attack by two of its own students: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. In a new documentary, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, attempts to reconcile how the son she thought she knew, the son she loved, the son she affectionately referred to as “Sunshine Boy” could willingly and knowingly be a school shooter. “If love could have stopped Columbine,” she says, “Columbine would never have happened.”

Twenty years later we must ask ourselves why we have failed to prevent these tragedies, and if it is even possible? What happens when we stop looking at these as rare, sensational events, and understand them as a particularly gruesome appendage to a much larger and more common problem? Sue finds insight among other suicide loss survivors. Understanding Dylan’s depression and suicidality is her key to understanding Columbine. But, until now, it has not gotten us any closer to stopping future shootings. In fact, it has only gotten us looking the wrong way.

What would real prevention look like? Is it possible? Is America ready?



Screens Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:20 PM