The massacre at Columbine High School has been so intensively covered in the media -- minutely dissected when it first occurred, rehashed with every newly uncovered fragment of information and on every yearly anniversary -- that it's hard to figure out what remains to be said about it. So it's not clear to me why the LIDA Project chose to make a theater piece on Columbine. Furthermore, it's difficult to make representational art out of this kind of horror unless you create a straightforward documentary. Otherwise, approaching the event head-on doesn't work. You have to come at it obliquely -- fictionalizing or grabbing hold of something connected to it but outside of camera range, and then exploring this particle in depth. You can also use metaphor and symbol. Masks. Stylization. Puppets, even. Filmmaker Michael Moore had... More >>>