Anschutz presents screening of 'American Tragedy'

Documentary highlights mom of Columbine shooter's journey to mental health advocate

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Posted 8/12/19

The screening of “American Tragedy: Love is Not Enough,” a new documentary that follows Sue Klebold's journey from realizing her son was one of the Columbine shooters to her becoming a mental …

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Anschutz presents screening of 'American Tragedy'

Documentary highlights mom of Columbine shooter's journey to mental health advocate

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The screening of “American Tragedy: Love is Not Enough,” a new documentary that follows Sue Klebold's journey from realizing her son was one of the Columbine shooters to her becoming a mental health advocate, is set for Aug. 30.

The film includes suicide loss survivors' stories and professionals agreeing on a need for a major paradigm shift away from reliance on therapy for mental illnesses toward a more proactive, universal approach to mental wellness, according to a news release.

Suicide, especially among teens, and mental health issues continue to be a daily problem in society. It is the hope of the makers of this film to increase awareness and action to curb this alarming trend, the release said.

Indeed, as Klebold concludes in the film, it was not love that was missing in her son's life; it was an ability to cope with despair and suicidality.

This topic is particularly urgent given that suicide is the leading cause of death for Coloradans between the ages of 10 and 24, the release said. Since 2006, suicides have risen 70 percent and mental illnesses 52 percent. Status quo is not working.

American Tragedy has been accepted into the Heartland International Film Festival, an academy award qualifying film festival.

If You Go

Screening of “American Tragedy: Love is Not Enough,” followed by a discussion with Matt Mishkind, Sarah Davidon, suicide loss survivor moms, Katherine Sellery and film producer Lisa Sabey

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 30, 5 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.

WHERE: Anschutz Medical Campus Theater, 13121 E. 17th Ave., Aurora

CONTACT: Lisa Sabey at 720-989-5624

TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com/e/american-tragedy-pre-release-screening-tickets-63812187972

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