Description: In AT ARM’S LENGTH, two journalists who covered the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX, attempt to reconcile their empathetic relationships to the survivors with the distance required to continue reporting.
Director: Dana Reilly
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About the Film
On November 5, 2017, not long after Sunday morning service, a man opened fire in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed 26 people, including 8 children, before committing suicide. By Monday morning, hundreds of journalists had flooded the tiny town that had just lost 5 percent of its population in one day. Residents holed up in their homes to avoid the barrage of questions and camera crews. Some locals were so overwhelmed by the press horde that they did not attend the vigil held for the victims.
In AT ARM’S LENGTH, two journalists who covered the mass shooting attempt to reconcile their empathetic relationships to the survivors with the distance required to continue reporting.
This short documentary film explores both the impact of the media on a traumatized community and the intense emotional toll that documenting a mass shooting takes on journalists.