Director Marta Cunningham scheduled to attend | June 1 & June 2
USA | 2013 | 88 minutes | Marta Cunningham
A heartfelt, harrowing, and even-handed exploration of the complex issues surrounding the tragic 2008 hate crime shooting of 15-year-old Larry King and the troubled 14-year-old shooter. A stirring pro-tolerance account that is as shocking as it is revelatory.
June 1, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
|2:30 PM||Date has passed|
June 2, 2013
|6:00 PM||Date has passed|
In February 2008, openly gay and transgendered eighth-grade student Lawrence King approached fellow student Brandon McInerney on the playground of an Oxnard, California middle school and asked him to be his Valentine. Two days later, King was shot twice at point-blank range and killed by McInerney with a handgun he'd brought to school. Lost within a swirl of higher-profile school shootings in recent years with higher death tolls, the tragic 2008 incident barely registered nationally, but it became a small media frenzy in the Oxnard area, with reports swirling about McInerney's alleged involvement with neo-Nazi hate groups. As director Marta Cunningham investigated what seemed to be an open-and-shut case of bigotry and homophobia, she began to see nuances in the stories of the victim and the shooter, both of whom were physically abused and came from broken homes. With interviews of all parties involved, including some members of the jury in McInerney's trial who attempted to justify the actions of the troubled 14-year-old, Valentine Road tells this heartbreaking story from the perspective of the murdered boy and his killer, who could both be considered victims of a legal system ill-equipped to mete out justice in the case or to prevent such tragedies from happening again.
Born in Northern California, Marta Cunningham was dancing professionally with The Peninsula Ballet Theater at age 14 and performed with the Pacific Light Opera. Since moving to Los Angeles, Cunningham has continued to work as a television actress, writer, dancer, and choreographer. Valentine Road is her directorial debut.
Sponsored in part by HBO, Seattle University
|Running Time:||88 minutes|
|Producer:||Sasha Alpert, Eddie Schmidt, Marta Cunningham|
|Editors:||Tchavdar Georgiev, Yana Gorskaya|
|Music:||Dave Stone, Justin Gage|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|