Director creates controversy by planning movie related to Newtown shooting

By Daniel S Levine,

A director visited Connecticut over the weekend and stirred controversy instantly when he told local media that he was doing a film related to the tragic shootings in Newtown.

Jonathan Bucari told News 12 Connecticut on Sunday that he was scouting locations in Ridgefield, since he said it looks and feels similar to Newtown. He said he didn’t want to visit the town since it has been just two months since the shooting.

Nevertheless, the news still drew strong emotions from area residents. Ridgefield Supt. Deborah Low told NBC Connecticut that the movie is “insensitive.” First Selectman Rudy Marconi added that the production company, Demian Productions, will not be welcome in Ridgefield.

NBC Connecticut reports that Demian did post a message on Facebook, but its page is still private. “Dear friends, after yesterday's report about the film, I would like to clarify one very important point,” the message read. “We are not doing a movie about what happened in Newtown and will never do so. We are doing a non-profit film about mental illness. Our objective is to help families with kids struggling with mental illness. I thank you again for all your support.”

Demian says that the film is called Illness and focuses on a 13-year-old boy dealing with mental illness in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Demian is looking for funds on Indiegogo and has raised $610.

Bucari’s IMDb page only lists one credit: The Sacrificial Lamb, a 2011 TV movie.

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