Columbine: Wounded Minds
About the website:

     This website was created for you to get involved and stay informed about the Columbine: Wounded Minds film project. Here, you can find a detailed outline about the film, watch trailers, connect with those involved making the film, make contributions directly to the film, stay informed about upcoming events, and read about what we are up to in our blog.

About the film: 

     Directed by Samuel J. Granillo, a survivor of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School shootings, Columbine: Wounded Minds is a film project that was officially launched in the spring of 2011. The unofficial thought to make a film revolving around how to get help to those still suffering from the mental and physical traumas of the event, has been an idea for several years.

  • The Goal is to seek out a solution to find counseling for those directly affected by the shootings of Columbine High School and still experience posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD). We also wish to give a voice to those who went through the event directly, by someone who shared the same experiences.

  •    The DREAM is to create a formula or foundation providing free services to all those who need mental health help. From soldiers coming home to other school shooting survivors, a plan needs to be devised to create available help to the minds that we all know and love.


About the director:

     Samuel J. Granillo is a Colorado native. Born in Denver, he grew up in Littleton making short films and music videos on a VHS camcorder with friends. Later, he moved on to making films and animations for the Columbine high school news network (RNN). After high school, he ventured off to Boulder, CO to explore the world of filmmaking, and received a BA in film at the University of Colorado. While there, he dabbled in various types of animations and experimental shorts. In 2007, he teamed up with some close friends to make and award winning short, Folly of Two, which won the audience choice award at Cinequest 18 in San Jose, CA.


     Today, he currently works in the film & television industry as a freelance camera assistant and production assistant. In the past few years, he has worked and learned much about the industry on commercials such as Furniture Row & Denver MattressTerminexBlox, and Dish Network.


     He has worked on such television programs like Rescue Renovation (DIY), House Crashers (DIY), Found (OWN), The Mentor (BLOOMBERG), American Idol 11, A Home for the Holidays (CBS),  The Four Coursemen Adventure (COOK), Surprise Homecoming (TLC), Family Bonding (A&E), Do or Die (DISCOVERY), Comedy Central Presents: T.J. Miller (COMEDY), Cool Tools (DIY), Dominator (DIY), Ludo Bites America (SUNDANCE), HGTV’d (HGTV), Lala’s Full Court Life (VH1), MTV Extreme Cribs (MTV), Best in Smoke (FOOD), America’s Got Talent, and 23 episodes of Food Network Challenge (FOOD).























     Through out the year, you can find him as a projectionist at the Denver, Vail and Boulder international film festivals, and as an A/V tech for the Outdoor Cinema Network as he travels around Colorado showing films on big inflatable screens.

     The future looks bright and holds many paths for this adventurous filmmaker. The ideas and opportunities yet to come are a driving force for Sam as he pursues his dream to entertain the world and change the lives of those around him.
Photo by Vicki Gratz Hazlett