Purple

In a time of immense division, PURPLE tells the story of everyday Americans with opposing viewpoints confronting their disagreements head-on and discovering the humanity and concerns that lie behind each other’s positions.

 

Filmed in rural Wisconsin and Iowa – in a swing region that spans two bordering swing states – PURPLE captures six people investigating their divergent views on equity, work ethics, and the social safety net. Created by political mediation organization Resetting the Table in partnership with Emmy Award-winning Transient Pictures, PURPLE provides viewers of all stripes – liberal, conservative, and independent; rural and urban; religious and secular – with a vision for what a healthy public debate on fault-line issues might look like. The film presents a rare political conversation that uplifts, provokes, and inspires while going toward the heat of passionate political differences.

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ENGAGEMENT

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the Newtown mass shooting, Odyssey Impact® and our partners are committed to using this film and accompanying educational resources to highlight the systemic issues that are the root causes of gun violence, promote dialogue and coalition building across communities and support the necessary healing for survivors and communities impacted by gun violence.

 

The engagement campaign for We Are All Newtown will include educational materials and assets for use in a broad range of settings, online outreach and communications to activate audiences and communities, as well as virtual and in-person events and gatherings.

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For more information about engagement activities and to learn more about getting involved, please contact [email protected].

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FILM SUMMARY

 

On October 20, 2012, just eight weeks before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Pastor Sam Saylor’s son, Shane, was shot and killed on the streets of Hartford. The devastation Pastor Sam felt at the death of his son was compounded by resentment at the massive attention focused on Newtown after the school shooting. But in spite of the disparity between how gun violence is perceived and treated in urban and suburban communities, Pastor Sam had a revelation, “I realized something sitting next to a father from Newtown … he cried like I cried, his tears were wet like my tears. I realized that I am Newtown, we are all Newtown.”

 

It was the beginning of a journey that would take Sam from Hartford to Newtown, where he was befriended by Rev. Matt Crebbin and to Washington, where he came together with other faith leaders such as Pastor Mike McBride to shine a light on the issue of gun violence that plagues our country in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

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