PILOT TRAILER & SYNOPSIS
This pilot gives a rare snapshot into lives after a mass shooting. Told by the survivors of Columbine and the Batman Theater Shooting in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012. Written, Directed and Acted in by Aurora survivor Tim McGrath.
"I believe hope is important." -Tim McGrath
Over 25,000,000 unique viewers, tens of thousands
online requesting to see the movie.
"...A MUST-WATCH FILM" -Solzy at the Movies
"McGrath created a powerful movie about very relevant and important material. The movie pulls you in
and you want to keep watching and spend time with these people." -Producer, The Today Show
Radio & Podcast Interviews:
"Jacob Garrett and Tim McGrath both survived the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado in 2012 and Kim Woodruff is a Columbine survivor. Their stories are featured in a new pilot, written and directed by Tim McGrath, called Surviving Theater 9. The three discuss the somber legacy of surviving a mass shooting, and how it reorients your worldview."
Tim McGrath, Director of the pilot "Surviving Theater 9" joins Steffan this hour.
"Tim McGrath wrote, directed and stars in Surviving Theater 9. The pilot, which runs 40 minutes is based on the experience of him and so many others who survived what was then the largest mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012. The event was surpassed by the Pulse shooting in Orlando and later the Las Vegas shooting in 2017.
This may be a narrative but it comes off like a docu-drama as the pilot is crafted around McGrath. It’s a must-watch film for sure and may even be helpful for other survivors of gun violence."
-SOLZY AT THE MOVIES
"If I can pick myself up off the floor of that theater then there’s nothing I can’t do."
To allow you, the audience, to fully experience the pilot we wanted the cast to talk about their experience in filming this project. We also wanted to have Tim talk about his experience in creating this project and why he chose to do it. You can also watch interviews from the actual survivors that Tim conducted way back in this project's origin.
I am a survivor of mass shooting, and I want to help survivors. I don't want anyone to go through what I went though. The project is to focus attention on the survivors who are still here and not the shooters. It is to get the word out there is help available.
I started writing this movie about a year after the shooting. I was in California starting my second year of law school, struggling with strong symptoms of PTSD and feeling pretty hopeless. I was with my cousin in theater 8 when it filled with smoke and bullets came through the wall and struck people. I am aware every single day of my life I am lucky to be alive after the shooting, so it seemed wrong to me that I would be upset all the time when for many, that was their last night. When I went home for Thanksgiving break, I started talking with my fellow survivors. I noticed several of them had a thread of strong optimism and conviction that had emerged from this horrific experience. Their perspective, their strength, their conviction, astounded me. I felt this was a story worth sharing for anyone going through trauma, and especially those affected by mass shootings in any way. We sat down for interviews, which you can see on the website. I started to see the thread of a narrative emerge about how to tell the story in a way that could be useful as we as a society still struggle with what to do about mass shootings, and those who live with the effects for the rest of their lives.
From Tim McGrath: "The path to healing from trauma seems as varied as the individual. However, thankfully, there seem to be some guideposts that help most everyone affected, and from there one can travel their unique path to a more comfortable place, where they want to go in life. Here are some of the groups that other survivors and I have found particularly helpful. My greatest hope is that this movie starts a conversation that helps others, and hopefully we, as a society, find some way to integrate mental health & mental education into education in a more comprehensive way."
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