We Are Columbine: Help Finish The Film

Personal Note from Tom Weinberg: I’ve known Laura Farber since she was in her first film class at Columbia College Chicago in 2002.I was her teacher in a course about writing your personal documentary story and crafting a proposal with the help of the class and instructor.When Laura told about being at Columbine High School the day of the shootings, and what she went through that day and ever since, it became clear that it was a documentary story that MUST be told.It’s even more relevant today than it was 16 years ago and she has done great work to focus on the effects of that day on her classmates and herself.

I urge you to watch the trailer and to give generously to help bring it to fruition.

(Full disclosure: In 2013, I agreed to serve as executive producer of her Columbine movie in order to lend my 40+ years of experience of nonfiction producing to Laura and her colleagues.)



There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. 

– Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
My name is Laura Farber and I’m writing to share about a very personal documentary film project that I—along with a team of very passionate and caring colleagues—have been working on for over four years. This film stems from a defining moment in my life, as a freshman at Columbine High School on April 20th, 1999. In the years since, all of us from the Columbine community have had to deal with the residual trauma of that event.I filmed this documentary with four of my classmates who were willing to go back to Columbine and share their personal experiences. “We are Columbine” offers unprecedented access and an insider’s perspective on the healing power of shared stories. Though each story told is unique, they all share common bonds of tragedy and trauma, hope and healing, connection and isolation, darkness and light.WE ARE COLUMBINE is a documentary film highlighting the stories of Amy, Gus, Jaimi and Zach, freshmen students who survived the mass shooting that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. More than 15 years after this life-altering event, this film sensitively captures these classmates’ deeply personal and unique perspectives.What makes this film different from what you’ve already seen and heard about the event at Columbine High School? It’s our story told by us, not by outside observers. There’s no agenda, no political or media or social agenda. It’s not an investigation of a crime. It’s not trying to present these stories as factual events. It’s our individual memories, our truths. It’s about what we are saying, as much as it is about the fact that we are saying it. Our reality far exceeds standard media perceptions, most often portrayed by screaming headlines and sensational updates on the “Columbine Massacre.”

The film we are creating seeks to help others understand that the name “Columbine” means much more than a single event that occurred on an April day in 1999. “We are Columbine” is an attempt to express the inexpressible: Those who have called Columbine home during the last 15 years share something that cannot be effectively articulated in other words.


These stories—the accounts of actual survivors who lived behind and beyond the headlines—deserve to be heard. 

Currently, we are in post-production and need to raise significant funds (approx. $160,000) in order to complete the film and get it out into the world.  As a result of 4 years of passionate commitment and uncompensated work contributed by our creative team, we currently have a solid 100-minute rough cut of the film, a finished teaser trailer, a website and social media presence. These are all major accomplishments without an outside budget.

We are chomping at the bit to finish post-production, in preparation for the film’s debut. Post-production is an expensive stage of the process, one that requires specific expertise in order to execute successfully. Every penny of the requested funds raised will go towards this goal.



I’m writing to announce the launch of our crowd-funding campaign on INDIEGOGO. Our goal is to raise the budget needed to complete the film (approx. $160,000) by August 8th. Please watch the trailer BELOW and get involved in every way you can.Thank you in advance for your support!Laura Farber, Director, “We Are Columbine” Film


Lioness Productions LLC
Director: Laura Farber
EP: Tom Weinberg
DP: Joseph Fitzgerald
Producers: Josie Bode, Clare Deady, Heidi Zersen
Teaser Trailer
Turncoat Pictures LLC
Editor: Ryan Urban
Finishing Artist/Art Director: Ryan Urban
Sound Mixer: Chris M. Parker
Teaser Trailer
Music: Scoreweaver, williamlpearson
SFX: ProSoundFX, LaHiveDesigns, DoverhillMedia, DarrenBrunet, SoundJay, SFXPower, saturnreturn



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