Film Series


  • October 25, 2016

  • Post-Screening Discussion with
  • Maria Cuomo Cole, Kim A. Snyder, Dr. William Begg III, and Abbey Clements

Senseless gun violence was at its most despicable on December 14, 2012 when 20 school children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut lost their lives to the deadliest mass shooting of school children in American history. This documentary has inspired renewed debate on gun control legislation and background-checks in the licensing of firearms. This is a movie that will change you. As IndieWire wrote, the film is “a breathtaking gut punch.” The issues that this film presents about a traumatized community are as timely now as they were then. Join us with filmmaker Maria Cuomo Cole, director/producer Kim A. Snyder, Dr. William Begg III, who was on ER duty during the tragedy, Abbey Clements, a teacher at Sandy Hook, and some of the parents that appear in the film for this important political and moral discussion.

CLE CREDIT for this event was approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for attorneys to earn 1.5 transitional and non-transitional credits of CLE in the Areas of Professional Practice. New York University School of Law has a financial hardship policy. For more information, please contact Erin Bundra at


About the Film Festival

The annual FOLCS Film Series offers you a unique opportunity to watch and discuss movies dealing with legal themes, with a box of popcorn in hand and surrounded by a large friendly audience (most of whom are not lawyers, so you don’t need to know any legalese). Featuring an exciting mix of current blockbusters, classic favorites, documentaries, and independent movies over seven nights, the Film Festival illuminates the legal system with all of its triumphs, failures, moral dilemmas, and dramatic moments.

Each movie is followed by a post-screening discussion with renowned artists, writers, public intellectuals, government leaders, and members of the legal profession who have a particular connection to the film. Explore how the themes of justice and injustice continue to inspire the artistic imagination. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes. Get answers to your questions. And share your own ideas and viewpoints.

Additionally, the Forum invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit an original short film on a legal theme. The judges’ top picks are shown, discussed, and celebrated at the FOLCS Awards Night during the closing night of the Film Festival where the winning films receive the FOLCS Awards. The International Short Film Competition offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be viewed by renowned judges and the Forum’s audience, who take part in the festivities by voting for the Audience Favorite Award—all taking place in New York City.