Chicago premiere! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction 2017

Midsummer in Newtown

2016, Lloyd Kramer, USA, 81 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Jan 29th 4:45pm
  • Thu, Feb 2nd 7:45pm

“A deeply moving film…one of the most compelling and beautifully told documentaries I have ever seen.” — Zack Walsh,

The power of art to assist in healing even the most profound grief is a reality that unfolds in tentative and ultimately joyful steps as director Kramer follows a troupe of Broadway artists who come to Newtown, Connecticut, to stage the pop musical "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream." Cast largely with children who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the production galvanizes the once-close small town from the start, bringing withdrawn and fearful kids and heartbroken moms and dads into a creative process where trust is restored and hidden talents shine in the safe space of the performing community. DCP digital. (BS)

FEBRUARY 2: On Thursday, Michael Unger, who appears in the film as the director of the musical A Rockin' Midsummer Night's Dream, and producer Jo Budzilowicz will be present for audience discussion. Their discussion will be moderated by Matt Heimer, senior editor of Fortune Magazine.

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