Midsummer in Newtown

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USA | 2016 | 80 minutes | Lloyd Kramer

In a testament to the healing power of art, a theater director unites the community of Newtown, Connecticut, one year after the tragic school shooting of 2012 to help produce a rock musical version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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How does a town regain its sense of hope after suffering an unprecedented tragedy? This was the challenge facing Newtown, Connecticut, where on December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Enter freelance theater and opera director Michael Unger with a mission to engage the community through the performing arts. After finding initial success staging "Seussical," combining Broadway actors and professional designers with local amateur talent—including the students of Sandy Hook—Unger chooses "A Rockin' Midsummer Night's Dream" as his next show, a pop-musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. As the show gets up and running, we follow a handful of children through the process, from audition to final bows, and though they're little, they're fierce. Take Sammy Vertucci, an aspiring singer who delights in her role as the fairy Mustardseed, or Tain Gregory, an energetic only child who gets cast among Bottom's actor troupe. The documentary also checks in with those still grieving the loss of their children, focusing especially on Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, founders of social outreach organization the Ana Grace Project, named after their late daughter. In a world of imbalance, every subject hopes to find harmony with their world. Through the example of Shakespeare's play, posits Unger, love wins.

Director Biography
Lloyd Kramer works in documentaries and scripted television. A three-time DGA nominee, he has also collaborated with producer Tom Yellin on "America in Primetime," a four-part PBS series, and "Report From Ground Zero," a two-hour ABC documentary account of what happened inside the World Trade Center towers following the 9/11 attacks.

Sponsored by Vulcan Productions

  • Director: Lloyd Kramer
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Tom Yellin, Braden Cleveland Bergan, Jo Budzilowicz
  • Cinematographers: Matt Peterson
  • Editors: Amilcar Gomes
  • Music: West Dylan Thordson
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Submarine Entertainment