Rated 89% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and met with rave reviews from top press, VALENTINE ROAD had a broadcast premiere on HBO in October of 2013 and an Oscar®-qualifying theatrical campaign around broadcast. Following its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, VALENTINE ROAD had a successful festival run, later winning the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Frameline Film Festival and an Outstanding Documentary nomination from the GLAAD Media Awards. The feature debut of producer/director Marta Cunningham and produced by documentary veterans Sasha Alpert (Autism: The Musical), Eddie Schmidt (Twist of Faith), this powerful documentary unravels a tragic 2008 middle school shooting in Oxnard, CA, providing an inspirational yet infuriating account of a heartbreaking, real-life story.
This movie has my heart for two reasons: it is a wonderfully filmed documentary, and it opens dialogues about violence between young adults, acceptance and tolerance of difference. The film picks up where the media coverage left off, and it offers perspectives of the case and the kids from their classmates, teachers, family, friends, law enforcement and attorneys. It is a great movie that opened up my eyes about kids and violence.
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