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6 items from 2013


Sandy Hook Massacre-Related Movie Wants To Film Near Newtown

5 February 2013 12:34 PM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

An independent filmmaker is doing the unthinkable — not only is he trying to capitalize on the horrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary School by making a movie related to it, he is also trying to shoot it in Ridgefield, Conn., only 20 miles away from Newtown! Read on for more shocking details.

Little-known indie film director/writer Jonathan Bucari has apparently never learned the word “tact.” Less than two months after 20 children and six teachers were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he is looking to make a movie in Connecticut that uses the Sandy Hook shooting as a plot device.

‘Illness’: A Sandy Hook-Related Film

The film, titled Illness, plans to depict a 13 year-old boy suffering from mental illness and his parents, who start to worry about their son in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

On Feb. 3, Bucari told News 12 Connecticut about his plans to scout for filming locations in Ridgefield, »

- HL Intern

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Film Inspired By Newtown Tragedy Draws Protest

5 February 2013 10:15 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In the wake of the horrendous mass killing that occurred last summer in Aurora, Colorado, Hollywood responded by shuffling and censoring violent fare like Gangster Squad. This past December, Americans faced another terrible tragedy that rattled the entire nation, this one at an elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut that left 28 dead, most of which where children. From there talk about gun control, mental illness, and violence in cinema were renewed, and movies that feature gun violence were frequently forced to defend their very existence. This is the heated environment that unknown filmmaker Jonathan Bucari has entered by proposing a film inspired by the Newtown tragedy. THR reveals the short film that Bucari is currently seeking funding for is titled Illness and won't be a docudrama of the horrifying events of December 14th, 2012. Instead, it will center on a mentally ill 13-year-old Benjamin and his parents' ever-growing fear (presumably of »

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Director plans TV movie related to Newtown shooting

5 February 2013 9:25 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

A director says he’s traveling to Connecticut to prepare for a TV movie related to the Newtown school shooting.

Jonathan Bucari told News 12 Connecticut he planned to visit Ridgefield on Monday.

Ridgefield is 20 miles southwest of Newtown, where a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders, six educators and himself in December.

Wvit-tv reports Bucari’s film company says the film focuses on a 13-year-old boy with mental illness and a fear of his parents after the shooting.

Bucari says he picked Ridgefield because it looks like Newtown and he didn’t want to upset Newtown residents so soon after the killings. »

- Associated Press

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Newtown Shooting-Inspired Film Planned, as Nearby Community Resists

5 February 2013 7:43 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In an age of warp-speed news cycles and TV shows that rely on sensational stories ripped from the headlines, is it too early to make a film that invokes a massacre that shocked the world less than two months ago? Jonathan Bucari is pushing to find out. The young and unknown writer/director is drawing outcries for his plan to make a short film inspired by the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 young children and six adults dead. His proposed film, titled Illness, is seeking funds on the site Indiegogo, where it's

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- Jordan Zakarin

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Indie Movie About Sandy Hook Massacre Wants to Film Near Newtown

4 February 2013 8:50 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Someone called Jonathan Bucari is making an independent movie pivoting around the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Worse, the plan is to film in Ridgefield, Conn., twenty miles from Newtown, although Ridgefield officials have expressed opposition. Illness plans to depict a mentally ill 13-year-old boy whose parents begin worrying about him after the Newtown massacre. "We are not doing a movie about what happened in Newtown and will never do so. We are doing a non-profit film about mental illness," read a post on the Facebook page for the film company, Demian Productions, since deleted. There's still an Indiegogo page trying to raise $3,000, though. »

- Zach Dionne

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Newtown-Related Made-For-tv Movie Sparks Controversy

4 February 2013 4:20 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A made-for-tv movie related to December’s Newtown shooting tragedy caused an uproar when its director revealed that he’s planning to film in neighboring Ridgefield, Connecticut — just 20 miles away from where a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. According to the AP, director Jonathan Bucari told media outlets he aims to film his Newtown-themed feature in Ridgefield because it looks similar to Newtown. Per NBC Connecticut, the film’s Facebook page revealed that Demian Productions’ Illness is “the story of a mentally-ill 13-year-old boy, and the ever-growing fear of his parents after they learn about the shooting in Newtown in December 2012.” (The Facebook page and Bucari’s Twitter account appear to have since been taken down.) Bucari is credited as writer and director of a 2011 made-for-tv movie titled The Sacrificial Lamb. Ridgefield Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Lowe called the move “insensitive” while »

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