On October 1, 2017, a lone gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 800 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. But more than 20,000 people survived — many bearing emotional scars that only time can heal. This is their story.
This is ultimately a story of resilience in the face of adversity. Heroism in the face of danger. And redemption in the face of despair. What could be more American than that?
A feature documentary from Millar Media, Route 91: The Show Must Go On aims to strike a balance between educating and inspiring viewers. With this film, we intend to tell a relatable, topical and emotional story that explores how teamwork can outweigh adversity, how the courageous can overcome misfortune and how hope can prevail over hate. Love wins.
I am fortunate to have never experienced a mass shooting first-hand. However, as a member of the "Mass Shooting Generation," this possibility has always been in the back of my mind. As a documentary filmmaker, I am drawn to stories that need to be told. Over the last year, I have spoken with dozens of survivors of the Route 91 shooting. Some lost loved ones that day. Others watched helplessly as strangers died beside them. Mere inches often made the difference between life and death. For those who survived, the experience was life-altering.
One can imagine that a survivor might feel anger, bitterness, or despair. And some surely do. But many more see October 1, 2017 as a turning point — a chance to start over, to no longer take life for granted. After all, as one survivor told me, “the show must go on.”
This perspective — optimistic, yet pragmatic — drives our team to tell Route 91 survivors’ emotionally inspiring stories: about resiliency, courage, and community. Because, in the end, our love for each other is more powerful than the hate that would tear us apart.
- Hailey Millar, Director
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MEET the 58
Hannah Ahlers, 34
Heather Alvarado, 35
Hannah attended Route 91 with her husband of 17 years. Along with her husband, she leaves behind their three beautiful children. Her loved ones remember her as "beautiful, loving, caring, full of joy and could light up a room the moment she walked in. She was her family and friends' biggest fan."
Heather was a devoted mother to her three children, and a caretaker to many others, as she ran her own daycare center. As the wife to a firefighter, she was a strong part of the department’s community.
Dorene Anderson, 49
Dorene attended Route 91 with her husband and their two daughters. Her husband said, “she was the most amazing wife, mother and person this world ever had. We are so grateful and lucky for the time that we did have with her.”
Carrie Barnette, 34
Carrie was an upbeat and happy employee of Disneyland’s California Adventure. She leaves behind a long list of family and friends who describe her as “the kind of friend that everybody would want in their life. She was vivacious, caring, funny, sweet, energetic, creative, loyal, thoughtful, giving and full of life.”