Friday, June 6, 2014

Valentine Road

Cinedigm released Valentine Road on DVD June 3rd, timed to LGBT Pride Month. Valentine Road had a broadcast premiere on HBO in October of 2013 and an Oscar-qualifying theatrical campaign around broadcast. Following its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Valentine Road had a successful festival run, later winning the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Frameline Film Festival and an Outstanding Documentary nomination from the GLAAD Media Awards. The feature debut of producer/director Marta Cunningham and produced by documentary veterans Sasha Alpert (Autism: The Musical), Eddie Schmidt (Twist of Faith), this powerful documentary unravels a tragic 2008 middle school shooting in Oxnard, CA, providing an inspirational yet infuriating account of a heartbreaking, real-life story.

This richly detailed and deeply affecting documentary burrows into the complex case of a school shooting that took the life of Lawrence “Larry” King, an openly queer teenager in the small town of Oxnard, California. In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point-blank range. When Larry died two days later, his murder shocked the nation. With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry's and Brandon's troubled lives - both from broken homes, and both searching for a sense of belonging.

This is a shocking, eye-opening documentary. I do not remember hearing about this on the news or in the media, so it was all new to me!

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