More than ten years down the line, Columbine still hovers over the Front Range in silent watch, a constant reminder that the world can be a dangerous place no matter who you are or where you live. The Columbine shootings have since been explored from nearly every angle in the media: explorations into the killers motives, diatribes on gun control, blow-by-blow descriptions, news stories.
But for the families of those who died at Columbine, its more than a sociological poltergeist. Thats the story told in 13 Families: Life After Columbine, a late entry in the landslide of coverage but perhaps the one with the most substance. Producers Nicole Corbin, Mark David Katchur and Steve LuKanic will join some of those family members interviewed in the film for a Denver-premiere screening, tonight at the Denver FilmCenter. Its a more personal and hopeful kind of documentary, notes the Denver Film Societys Britta Erickson of the tender portrayal. The filmmakers had amazing access to these families, all these years later, as they try to heal and move on. And thats the point. 13 Families is about living with tragedy day to day. It doesnt presume to tackle the questions of why or how, but focuses rather on the lingering effects.