Newtown-Related Made-For-TV Movie Sparks Controversy

A made-for-TV movie related to December’s Newtown shooting tragedy caused an uproar when its director revealed that he’s planning to film in neighboring Ridgefield, Connecticut — just 20 miles away from where a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. According to the AP, director Jonathan Bucari told media outlets he aims to film his Newtown-themed feature in Ridgefield because it looks similar to Newtown. Per NBC Connecticut, the film’s Facebook page revealed that Demian Productions’ Illness is “the story of a mentally-ill 13-year-old boy, and the ever-growing fear of his parents after they learn about the shooting in Newtown in December 2012.” (The Facebook page and Bucari’s Twitter account appear to have since been taken down.) Bucari is credited as writer and director of a 2011 made-for-TV movie titled The Sacrificial Lamb. Ridgefield Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Lowe called the move “insensitive” while film commissioner Allison Stockel and other local officials said they had not been contacted by the production. Bucari and Demian Productions could not be reached for comment.

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