dude made a simple and crude role playing game about the Columbine
massacre. That sounds pretty disturbing, doesn't it? But this documentary
is AMAZING. As this guy explains his reasons for doing this, the movie
takes you through all of the controversy that followed and it touches
on so many subjects: from freedom of expression, to censorship, and
understanding video games as a new medium that can be used to educate
and share a message in the same way as movies or books can. This film
is a real eye-opener. Don't just watch it, but also share it with
the teenagers in your life." -dzz 348313
Netflix, CinemaNow, and iTunes coming soon!
film gets a huge boost in Germany thanks to an
enthusiastic review by MTV GameOne. If you'd like to read it in
English, try Google Chrome's auto-translation function for decent results.
Here is an excerpt:
Columbine" has touched me like few films lately. I've played
since I was eight, for over 20 years. Parents, teachers and friends
have laughed at me or had pity on me that my favorite hobby is taking
place in front of a screen. I constantly had to justify that as a
grown man who now plays all night to save the virtual world. I'm so
tired of explaining over and over again why games are an equally valuable
art form such as films, literature or music. And I thank Danny Ledonne
from the bottom of my heart that he made this film. "Playing
Columbine" has left me excited, euphoric, angry and helpless
- but most of all: full of pride. I was and am proud to be a gamer.
And I'm proud that we have this movie.
film will be available through iTunes, Amazon, and other video-on-demand
services beginning on April 20th, 2011. Details to follow...
film will screen at Noir
Fest in Rome, Italy December 7-13th, 2009.
film will screen at Raindance
2009 in London, UK between September 30th and October 11th, 2009.
film will screen at the Fantasia
Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec on July 18th and 19th, 2009. Three
of the film's interviewees, Jason Della Rocca, Melissa Fuller, and Joel
K. will introduce the film!
documentary is very engaging and thought provoking ... Ledonne is
a talented filmmaker, and I’m curious to see him tackle subjects
not as personally close. "Playing Columbine" is an asset
to the ongoing dialogue on protected speech and questions of art in
the 21st century.
ongoing debate over representations of violence in videogames is the
immediate focus of "Playing Columbine," Danny Ledonne's
gripping, troublemaking docu about the reaction to his videogame re-creation
of the Columbine High School massacre. But the film goes much further,
ultimately tying questions of propriety and censorship into a larger
discussion of the development of videogames as a form of expressive
art. While it raises far more questions that it can answer, pic serves
as an impressively nuanced call for games to be taken more seriously,
and it could find a healthy fest and homevideo reception from the
gaming community and beyond.
screening will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Screen Yorkshire's
Head of Industry Development, Emma Cheshire. Emma will be joined by
director Danny Ledonne (live over video chat), Ian Bowden from Rockstar
games and Bill Lawrence, Creative Director of Sheffield Showroom Cinemas.
film screened at University
of Texas at Dallas with a Q&A with the director afterwards.
David Parry, Assistant Professor of Emerging Media, said this of the
film and subsequent Q&A we scheduled with the director was one
of the most well received events we have hosted for our Arts and Technology
students. If you have students working in digital media - particularly
digital games, make them see this film; it will change the way they
think about game design. Forget just designing games for fun - this
film makes the case that video games can do so much more!"
film has been selected to premiere at AFI
FEST in Los Angeles, CA. - November 2008. The screenings will be
held during the evening of Friday, November 7th and in the afternoon
on Saturday, November 8th.
limited edition DVD is now available for purchase
while the film is screened at film festivals. Check back here as these
festival screenings are announced.
tonight Danny Ledonne is scheduled to appear on Free Talk Live radio
to promote the film. Joining him during the show will be attorney and
activist Jack Thompson, one of the interviewees from the film. Ledonne
and Thompson have previously appeared separately on the show; Thompson
was also the first FTL guest to hang up on the hosts. The upcoming program
can be streamed at http://www.freetalklive.com
and the archive will be available online as a free .mp3 download after
The .mp3 of the show can be downloaded here
out a preview of the DVD special features:
of the special features for the DVD are complete! View the DVD jacket
here. The film
will be heading to the festival circuit soon.
of the special bonus features on the DVD is the music video "The
Declination of Independence" - featured in the end credits of the
film itself. Check it out here:
documentary will be screened at Clarkson
University in Potsdam, NY on April 13th with the director to hold
a Q&A via webcam after the show.
film's score and professional sound mix are nearly complete!
fine cut of the film was screened at GameCity
2007 in Nottingham, England.
memory of the one year anniversary of the shooting at Dawson College,
filmmaker Danny Ledonne
and shooting survivor Joel K. have teamed up to showcase a rough edit
from the film about the reasons for these shootings. Check it out here:
official poster for the film has been released to the press. Check it
will be a first look screening of the fine cut in the UK at Gamecity!
The screening is slated for Friday, 10.26.2007 at 17:30 GMT. The director
is scheduled for a Q&A after the screening, as well. This will be
a good opportunity for feedback on further editing.
Guardian has published an article on the forthcoming
official trailer has been uploaded to the mainpage as well as to Google
A rough edit of the film is now in progress.