Earlier this month, we joined our colleagues at the offices of Philanthropy New York for a screening and discussion of Newtown, a gripping documentary that explores the grieving community in the aftermath of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The film, which premiered at Sundance this year, was directed by Kim Snyder and produced by Maria Cuomo Cole, who joined us for an illuminating discussion on using media to shift public debates, and the need to reframe gun violence as a public health issue. Nina Vinik, program director for gun violence prevention at the Joyce Foundation, and Dr. William Begg, a subject in the film, also joined as panelists.
We pulled together a summary of the event on Storify, and encourage you to watch the film and consider ways that you might share the experience with colleagues. If you would like to screen the film or discuss ways in which you can incorporate the film into your work, please let us know and we will help make that possible.
Also take a moment to read this Q&A we produced with the Joyce Foundation, a longtime and leading funder of gun violence prevention. In it, we discuss Joyce's approach to reducing gun violence, the flawed narrative in our current gun debate, and what other funders can do to get involved.