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Film director Kim A. Snyder has returned to Sundance Film Festival 2020 with another groundbreaking documentary, US Kids, sharing the untold accounts of heroes who survived tragic mass shootings in America.

Following the success of her Peabody award-winning documentary Newtown in 2016, Snyder now taps into the aftermath of a mass shooting that occurred on Feb.14, 2018, when a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others, in what became the deadliest shooting at a high school in United States

Film Synopsis: Determined to turn unfathomable tragedy into action, the teenage survivors (Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Sam Fuentes, Jackie Corin, Bria Smith, Alex King, Alex Dworet, Annika Dworet, and Natalie Barden) of Parkland, Florida catalyze a powerful, unprecedented youth movement that spreads with lightning speed across the country, as a generation of mobilized youth take back democracy in this powerful coming-of-age story.

NDLYSS spoke with Snyder at the world premiere on Jan. 25 at The Marc Theatre in Parc City, Utah to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the making of the project.

The veteran director is currently seeking distribution.

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Olympian Gwen Berry slammed for turning back on US Flag during 2021 Trials

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U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry is facing backlash for a second time after turning her back to the U.S. flag while the national anthem played during a medal ceremony at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, Saturday.

Moments before the anthem ended, Berry, 32, turned away from the flag and displayed a black T-shirt with the words “Activist Athlete” on her head. The outspoken athlete is no stranger to making a statement against injustices. During the 2019 Pan American Games, she famously protested “The Star-Spangled Banner” by turning opposite the flag towards the stands. Her competitors DeAnna Price, who won first place, and Brooke Andersen, second place winner, put their hands over their hearts and faced the flag.

Following the nonviolent protest, Berry stated, “My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports. I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part. That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”

Texas congressman Dan Crenshaw said Monday that Berry should be removed from the team. “The View” co-host Meghan McCain also called out Berry Tuesday over her controversial protest. See below.

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Will Vogue survive without Anna?

Wintour is who she is and refuses to conform, earning respect from everyone who’s anyone.

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For 45 years, Anna Wintour has held the world of fashion publishing in the palms of her well-manicured hands.

Since 1988, she’s served as the Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast’s progressive, style-bible, Vogue US.

The British-born journalist, 70, notorious for wearing colorful ensembles paired with her ill-lighted, staple blinkers has garnered industry clout rivaled by none.

A nod of style approval from this heavyweight is considered to be the holy grail of fashion PR. If she says you’re in, then you’re in.

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A real-life “ice queen” typically slapped across copies of Page Six for her impenitent approach to governing the flagship. And from her inviolable position ––“You either know fashion or you don’t.”

In 2006, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep delivered a noteworthy performance starring as Wintour opposite veteran Anne Hathaway in David Frankel’s, “The Devil Wears Prada.” The film candidly diagrammed the nightmarish recollections detailed by Vogue’s happily-departed former employees.

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The classic comedy-drama was adapted from Wintour’s ex-minion Lauren Weisberger who courageously published the New York Times best-selling novel in 2013, epitomizing her dreadful experience while slaving as the right-hand to the cold-blooded editrix.

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Despite her chilling account, nothing could deter thousands of fashion hopefuls from applying to fill Weisberger’s off-brand pumps, and who could fault them, noting the bulk of Wintour’s previous sidekicks now helm top-notch media companies. Perhaps the chaos has its perks!

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But all era’s come to an end. As fashion reinvents itself, so do those who keep the high-powered machine running. Wintour is allegedly retiring from Vogue soon. Her departure will be a sad pill for the editorial conglomerate to swallow. But if and when she steps down, may her creative direction remain within the One World Trade Center headquarters.

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Oscilloscope’s ‘THE INFILTRATORS’ headed to Virtual Cinema next month

Official 2019 Sundance Film Festival selection, THE INFILTRATORS is a [chilling documentary chronicling the lives] of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into for-profit detention center— on purpose.

Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations.

The film will be available via Virtual Cinema starting May 1 and VOD starting June 2.

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