Valentine Road

Valentine Road

DVD - 2013
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"In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range. Unraveling this tragedy from point of impact, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as the aftermath"--Movie Web site.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : Shapeshifter [c2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523083 VALENTINE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 22, 2017

Marta Cunningham’s piercing documentary begins by examining the lives of both boys revealing broken homes and a history of mistreatment, she then focuses her cameras on reactions to the shooting both locally and nationally. What emerges is a snapshot of anger and fear—a resolute Ellen Degeneres assures viewers that “Gay is Okay”, Larry’s teacher suffers PTSD, his classmates (some of whom are gay themselves) react with tears and disbelief—and a troubling undercurrent of intolerance. While the prosecution concentrated on the fact the murder was premeditated by a young man with some unhealthy preoccupations, the defense enacted the tired old “gay panic” plea with experts trying in subtle ways to shift the blame onto the victim. Subsequent post-trial interviews with teachers, jurors, lawyers, and experts from both sides as well as friends and family members show just how uneven justice can be when it’s applied to someone perceived as different (and yes, “God” is invoked more than once). Even-handed but nevertheless damning, and in this age of Trump-style bigotry more pertinent than ever.

Jul 31, 2015

This is a 2013 documentary directed by Marta Cunningham.
A gay 15-year-old, Lawrence (Larry) King, was shot and killed in his middle school classroom by fellow classmate 14-year-old Brandon McInerney.
Both were troubled and grew up in difficult homes.
The film raises key questions facing communities all over USA.
What do you do to help kids before violence occurs?
In this case, the answer is simple.
If both had lived in Japan, Larry would've never been shot and killed by Brandon because he could've never been able to get a gun.

Aug 11, 2014

This is easily one of my favorite documentaries that I have ever seen. It will make you mad, it will make you cry, and it will make you want to do something. All the players involved in the film are given equal hearing and time. The inside look at this community that the film team was able to obtain and show us is stellar. I was especially impressed by the scene where the pro-Brandon women were discussing their feelings in one lady's kitchen over wine and sweets. You really get the sense that you are experiencing the people's raw, unfiltered reaction and beliefs toward the murder of Larry King. This is what many documentaries aspire to do and few are actually successful. Regardless of what or who you believe as a result of this film, one thing is sure: the work is penetrating and precise.


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