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Midsummer In Newtown

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Lloyd Kramer

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About the Movie

When Newtown, Connecticut, was devastated by the loss of 20 first graders and six adults at the hands of a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the world looked on in horror unable to fathom such a tragedy. In the emotionally powerful and uplifting new documentary Midsummer in Newtown, filmmaker Lloyd Kramer gains intimate access to three families who find hope in the transformative power of the arts. Anchoring the film is the story of two Sandy Hook Elementary School students, Tain and Sammy, who join an exuberant cast of Newtown children — bringing healing to their young lives and to their community by staging “A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, ” a freewheeling musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. Kramer follows the indomitable cast from pre-audition jitters to the triumphant opening night, where the children’s unwavering spirit steals the show. On a parallel track, the film also explores the world of Jimmy and Nelba, grieving parents determined to honor their beloved 6-year-old daughter Ana who was killed in the 2012 school shooting. While Nelba focuses on a foundation to help children and prevent violence, Jimmy — a Grammy®-nominated jazz saxophonist — seeks refuge in the arts, pouring his heartache into composing a tribute album for his daughter. A poignant reminder that there is heroism in simply living each day, Midsummer in Newtown is a soaring testament to the artistic expression of people determined to reflect love and beauty, in spite of the horror they’ve endured.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Midsummer in Newtown" leans heavily on maudlin musical cues, cheapening its subjects' words. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Jan 26, 2017

Fresh: An affecting chronicle, a snapshot of a town's collective PTSD and a shining testament to the transformative power of the arts. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Feb 2, 2017

Fresh: Slightly uneven yet deeply affecting ... – Chuck Wilson, Village Voice, Jan 26, 2017

Fresh: It packs a lot in its 81 minutes, and does it well. – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 1, 2017

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Customer Reviews

A very touching documentary

OMG! What ab amazing documentary. No one can see this without feeling what these reisdents suffered. I couldn't fight back my tears. You will love, cry and smile. These parents and children were amazing. I highly recommended this movie.

Midsummer In Newtown
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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