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On Christmas Day 1990, a shooting broke out between teens inside a movie theatre in New York during a screening of The Godfather Part III. The crossfire left one innocent bystander, 15-year-old Tremain Hall, dead. The story became a tabloid sensation, with the perpetrator, 17-year-old Lawrence Bartley, becoming a face of senseless youth violence in the then crime-ridden city. But, as Second Shot reveals, beyond the headlines was a much more complex story of struggle and shattered dreams. Revisiting the murder from the vantage of some three decades later, the short documentary finds Bartley a model prisoner with deep regret over his crime, and the victim’s brother, Chad Hall, still broken by the loss and unwilling to forgive him. With Bartley up for parole, the US director Andrew Michael Ellis interviews those affected by the shooting, as well as legal experts, to explore if keeping him locked up would be an act of justice or simply perpetuate the pain of that fateful night.
Director: Andrew Michael Ellis
Producer: Ben Stamper
Website: Second Shot, HELIX
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