Tears For Fears

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, it’s more than a sociological poltergeist. That’s 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. “It’s a more personal and hopeful kind of documentary,” notes the Denver Film Society’s 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 that’s the point. 13 Families is about living with tragedy day to day. It doesn’t presume to tackle the questions of why or how, but focuses rather on the lingering effects.

See it at 7 p.m. as part of the DocNight Series at the DFC, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; to reserve tickets, $10 to $12, visit www.denverfilm.org or call 303-820-3456. Tomorrow, the film opens for a limited engagement at Elvis Cinemas in Arvada, Littleton and Denver’s Tiffany Plaza; go to www.elviscinemas.com or call 303-948-5555. Read more about the makers of this film at showandtelldenver.com.
Mon., April 18, 7 p.m., 2011

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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