DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

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. For many, those 10 minutes of horror only renewed their faith in humanity. Strangers helped strangers, instinctively risking their lives to save people they had just met (or never met). As Route 91 Survivor, Sue Ann Cornwell, said “Nobody cared what race they were, what religion they were, nothing. We just saw people that needed help, and we helped. It was amazing to be a part of that aspect of it because I saw that, when it comes down to it, there are still good people in the world.” 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