Events

Nov. 16: “Newtown” and the gun violence epidemic

When: Wednesday, Nov. 16 | 4-6:30 p.m. EST
Where: The offices of Philanthropy New York | 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor | New York, NY
Cost: Free for Philanthropy New York/Media Impact Funders members; $150 for non-members

We invite you to join Media Impact Funders and Philanthropy New York for a special screening and discussion of the powerful film Newtown, and a conversation about the increasing need to take a public health approach to curbing gun violence in America.

Register now for this funders-only event.

The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, follows the community of Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, that left 20 children and six teachers dead. Newtown is a gripping exploration into a community’s profound grief and what happens after it becomes the center of a national debate around gun violence. This is a special opportunity for funders to preview the film before its national broadcast on PBS Independent Lens in the spring.

We’ll screen the film and moderate a discussion afterward.

The presenters:

Kim Snyder, filmmaker
Maria Cuomo Cole, the film’s producer
Dr. William Begg, film subject & Vice Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Danbury & New Milford Hospitals
Nina Vinik, Program Director, Gun Violence Prevention, Joyce Foundation
Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders (moderator)

With more than 100,000 Americans injured or killed by guns every year, experts on gun violence have called for nothing short of a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing epidemic.

We’ll explore:

• The public health impact of gun violence
• The role funders can play in gun violence prevention
• The power of documentaries in shifting public debates
• The role independent filmmakers play in fostering greater understanding of the human condition

A reception with light fare will follow. We look forward to seeing you.

Register now for this funders-only event.

The Joyce Foundation has been funding gun violence prevention since the early 1990s. We recently spoke with Nina Vinik, director of the foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention Program, on the current gun debate, the need for more funders in this space, and more. Click here to read our Q&A with Vinik.

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