Virgil Films Acquires
WE ARE COLUMBINE
Distributor acquires all rights with plan for Theatrical, DVD and Digital HD release in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the Tragic Event April 2019,
NEW YORK, October 30, 2018 – Virgil Films today announced it has acquired all North American distribution rights to the award winning WE ARE COLUMBINE, the poignant documentary from Lioness Productions and filmmaker Laura Farber, who produced and directed the film and was a survivor of the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.
The acquisition arrangement was negotiated by Joe Amodei, CEO and President of Virgil Films, and Chris Charles and John Bosher of Throughline Films.
Offering a unique perspective, WE ARE COLUMBINE highlights the stories of four students who experienced one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history at Columbine High School in 1999. Director Laura Farber, who was a freshman during the shootings, sensitively captures her classmates’ deeply personal and unique perspectives during an unprecedented walk-through of the school itself, shedding light on the complexity of a life impacted by violence and loss at a young age nearly 20 years after the tragedy.
WE ARE COLUMBINE marks the first feature directorial debut from Laura Farber and has already garnered acclaim by winning “Best of Fest” at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, “Best Documentary” at New Hope Film Festival, and “Best Director” at Atlanta’s DocuFest. It will also be premiering at the Denver Film Festival this November.
“I made this documentary with four of my classmates who were willing to go back to Columbine and share their personal experiences, fifteen years later” shares Farber. “It’s our story told by us, not by outside observers. There’s no agenda, no political agenda. It’s not an investigation of a crime. It’s not trying to present these stories as factual events. It’s our individual memories, our truth. It’s about what we are saying, as much as it is about the fact that we are saying it.”
Virgil’s Joe Amodei said the film is “timelier now more than ever. With school shootings becoming unfortunately more commonplace, to hear from survivors of this massacre, before the politics took over and before the media frenzies, is extremely important.” He added, “These former students, retelling their stories on how they have coped with and lived with this for twenty years, is essential viewing to those living in the aftermath of these horrors that occur today”.