ADDING TO HISTORYby Samuel J Granillo on 03/26/12
It's been far too long since my last post, but I've been hustlin' and bustlin' trying to get ready for this fundraiser (flyer below) that's coming up in just a couple of weeks! It's all coming together nicely and it should really be a great time for everyone. This past week, I was featured in the Westword ( http://www.westword.com/2012-03-22/news/columbine-dave-cullen-lifetime/ ) and it has brought lots more much needed attention to the project that I'm working on. I don't know if you read it or not, but it was a very intense read. I'm not exactly sure why, but maybe I do. It wasn't violently graphic, or bloody, but it did strike several core nerves of reality rooted deep inside of me. From what people told me, some had to take many breaks to stand up and pace around the room before they could sit back down to finish the article, and others were shaken to the point of minor panic attacks that lasted a couple of hours. The overall feedback was actually really positive and gave me so much more motivation to keep striving forward. Even though the article stirred up deep emotions, it seemed to shed light on concerns that the Columbine community has about Cullen and the Lifetime movie, while at the same time made my project look hat much more true, positive, and worthwhile. Thank you all for taking the time to read the article and share how it made you feel.
A few people have come to me in the last week or so saying that they can already sense some change in the Columbine community. It seems that just the idea of the Wounded Minds project is opening up dialogue between those affected, and people are becoming more comfortable with talking about it. That's the whole idea behind this film, is raising awareness of this issue that we still need help. It seems to be working and I couldn't be happier to hear that we're drawing attention to ourselves once again, but for all the right reasons. Earlier today I sat down with Jeff Kass, author of 'Columbine, A True Crime Story'. After talking and catching up a bit about what's going on between my film, lifetime, Cullen and the petition we began to talk about the word 'Columbine' and what it means. I remember back in 2003 when I was having a particularly difficult time on the anniversary. I was depressed, crying, and alone. I went to go and talk it out with my roommate at the time and he said something to me that I"ll never forget. He said that I was a part of history, something that will be in the books forever, and that it's always going to be a part of me for the rest of my life and beyond. For some reason that really hit home with me and I couldn't help feeling that the word "Columbine" will always be attached to one of the worst school shootings in history. A few months ago when I talked to DeAngelis, the topic of what the word 'Columbine' meant to him. He says that he wished that the word meant something other than loss or tragedy. He wants to change the word so it means hope, respect, positivity and love. Maybe those can be added to what we already think 'Columbine' means, but I don't think it could ever change. It was this moment when I realized something, and it was Jeff Kass that pointed this out to me. We can't change the meaning of 'Columbine' or rewrite what happened, but we can add to it and turn it into something positive. We can't change history, but we can add to it to make it right.