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Daily Barometer
"I want to see an America where people are safe wherever they go,í Goddard said."
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Arizona Daily Sun
"I had been to the range a bunch of times, been hunting with my buddies Ö I thought gun violence wasnít going to be something that happens to me and my family, Goddard said."
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KLCC Public Radio
"I think that Iíve actually found a way to turn the negative experience in my life into something positive, something that will hopefully bring change."
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Daily Chronicle
"A five-minute grew into a 40-minute film featuring hidden camera footage taken by Goddard at gun shows across the country, showing how easy it is to purchase a weapon without a thorough background check."
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Northern Arizona News
"Looking at someoneís license doesnít tell you anything about felony records, that personís mental health, or if that person has any restraining orders against them."
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Arizona Daily Sun
"This is sure to be one of the most powerful films and discussions we have ever presented," said festival director Patrick Schweiss. "We get to see a timely and important film and meet a survivor from Virginia Tech who has dedicated his life to making a difference. It is what independent film is all about."
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The Santa Barbara News Network
"We need to do a better job of enforcing the laws on the booksÖ How do we enforce that law? We do a background check."
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WTOL-TV, CBS-11
"Because it would no longer be one student in that building with a gun, it would be multiple students and multiple guns. And they have to determineÖ who is their target and who is a well intentioned individual."
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Chicago Tribune
"But it was enlightening to watch Goddard's film, which argues for stricter enforcement of background checks for gun purchases, especially at gun shows, [Linda Greer] said."
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Stafford County Sun
"Many of the families and survivors are attempting to ensure that others don't experience a similar situation."
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WTVG-TV, ABC-13
"Goddard, who was shot four times by gunman Seung-Hui Cho back in 2007, uses the film to recount his experiences during and after the shooting."
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UT News
"I think you would be hard-pressed to find university leaders or police officers on college campuses who think guns on campus are a good idea" said UT Police Chief Jeff Newton.
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C-Ville
"When I learned that people think the way to deal with school shootings is to allow more people to shoot, is to allow students to bring guns to school, I thought, God. This is not the way forward"
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Coalition Against Gun Violence
"'Living for 32' puts human faces on our nation's continuing debate about guns and shows how real people and families are affected by our nation's reluctance to enact and enforce common sense gun laws."
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Richmond Times-Dispatch
"If you experience something and don't learn from it, shame on you, Andrew Goddard said."
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The Virginian-Pilot
"It's part of who you are - something you'll never forget. But when you look back on your life, you don't want it to be the thing that defines you."
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Suite101
"The film's purpose is not only to recount that day and the aftermath but to turn something so negative in my life into something positive."
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WVEC-TV, ABC-13
Seeing [Colin Goddard] come out of that with inspiration and the ability to, at least, make a change in what he believes is pretty powerful," Deitrick told 13News.
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Examiner.com
We can do it if we have the will, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-New York) said Tuesday at a screening for the documentary Living for 32 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
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Fox
"It's a small layer of protection that we have in this country that will make it more difficult for dangerous people to obtain weapons while still respecting the second amendment for those who are law-abiding and responsible..."
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Palm Beach Daily News
"It is the story of the recovery and survivor's mission of Colin Goddard, who was shot four times at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007." 
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NBC
"I think that if you run background checks every time a gun is sold to a stranger, then we will not only make shootings at universities less likely to happen, but shootings just about anywhere less likely to happen." 
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CBS
"Everyone will have a traumatic situation in their life that turns their life upside down and it's important not to focus on that day and remember the bad but try to put that bad toward something good and learn from it and to make sure what happened is less likely to happen in the future."
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Emory Wheel

For college junior Zachary Philyaw, the screening was an enlightening experience. "It was a great opportunity to give a face to the whole situation," he said. "Seeing someone who really lived through that puts things in perspective and really gives a really significant scope to the whole thing."
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ABC News on Campus
" I understand why people are afraid. I understand why people feel nervous about these things when they hear about shootings in our society. What I'm saying is that their fears are misplaced. What they should be fearful of is the gun purchases that are allowed to go unregulated, that happen without background checks every single weekend, " Goddard said.
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University of Richmond News Room
The film was featured at the Sundance Film Festival in January, shortlisted for a potential Academy Award, and is currently touring nationwide: It drew a standing ovation at its homecoming screening in February in Blacksburg, Va., the home of Virginia Tech.
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StatePress.com
Goddard encouraged students to speak out about things they are passionate about in order to make the changes they believe need to be made.
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KGUN-TV, ABC-9
Well what's so interesting in this film is at least on three or four different occasions you see Colin actually at gun shows going to buy high powered rifles in some cases.
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Tucson Citizen
He is working for the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence and is touring the country promoting the documentary 'Living for 32.'
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KVOA-TV NBC-4
You have no idea what that was like. There's nothing like in the films, nothing like you can create in your mind. Just the idea that the presence of a gun in our society makes us safer, if that were true, than the United States should be the safest country in the world....and we're not, Goddard said.
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KSAZ-TV, Fox 10
Now he's going around the country showing a documentary recounting that tragic day and speaking out against any legislation that would allow guns on college campuses.
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KTVK-3TV, AZFamily.com
"Talk about turning a tragedy into a learning experience and spreading the message of how to just, you know, being able to move forward; that is what Colin Goddard is doing and setting a great example."
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Raising Arizona Kids.com
He is sharing his story through a documentary called 'Living for 32', which commemorates the 32 people who did lose their lives.
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Arizona Republic
It's a very powerful video, [Senator Steve] Gallardo said.
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Blog for Arizona
Opponents of guns on campus omnibus gun bill to hold forums.
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Arizona Progress Action
Each event will feature Colin Goddard, a survivor of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that left 32 dead and 17 injured, and a screening of Living for 32, a 45-minute documentary recounting the tragic events and Goddard's courageous journey of renewal and hope.
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WTTW-TV, PBS
Well, one of the ways that you [Colin Goddard] are trying to turn a negative into a positive is to put the spotlight on sales of guns at gun shows...
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The Texas Tribune
There are so many other steps that should be taken first before we ultimately, need to, you know, just let the good kids shoot it out with the bad kids.
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The University Star
A clip of Living for 32 follows Goddard into a gun show in Fort Worth where he purchases guns without background checks, once even without a driver's license.
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The GW Hatchet
Goddard said speaking in front of students and communities has proven to be part of [his] healing process.
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Fox-TV 7, Austin
Colin Goddard has one inspiring survival story. He chronicled his story in an new documentary called Living for 32.
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Rich Girl Productions Blog
Insightful, informative, moving, powerful are just a few words to describe 'Living For 32.'
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The Survivors Club
The movie, which is called 'Living for 32,' features Goddard testifying before Congress, debating gun control on TV and going to gun shows to purchase weapons without having to show any ID.
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Roanoke Times
Goddard called the 40-minute documentary part of my healing process.
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WFVA-AM, News/Talk 1230
Hundreds of people turned out in Blacksburg last night for the screening of the documentary 'Living for 32,' which was made by Virginia Tech massacre survivor Colin Goddard.
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Featured Press

MSNBC
"Families of gun violence victims mark Va. Tech anniversary at Capitol"
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POLITICO
"It's the honest voice that always touches the responsive chord. It cuts through the politics of a social issue. It's the most important tool in trying to create change."
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MTVU
"I learned a lot about myself and the country and the laws we have with mental health and firearm policies. And there were problems in these areas that I thought needed to be fixed. I wanted to make this film to educate people about those issues."
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The Oprah Winfrey Show - Oprah Winfrey
"[You have] the choice of what to do. Do you let this consume you? Do you think about this all day? I thought about the situation changing every single way," [Colin] says. "How I could have saved the day or how I could have been killed?"
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The NY Times - Bob Herbert
What is the matter with us? Are we really helpless in the face of the astounding toll that guns take on this society?
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The Huffington Post - Maria Cuomo Cole
Americans think we're already doing every reasonable thing we can do in order to prevent dangerous people from arming themselves. But the truth is we're far from it.
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Good Morning America - Robin Roberts
"For the first time ever in my life, I called 911... By the time I got out where we were, and which building, and which floor, we had bullets coming through our door. And the next ten minutes was the craziest ten minute experience of my whole life."
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Newsweek - Andrew Romano and Pat Wingert
As Living for 32 drew to a close and the lights in the Lyric came up, one student asked Goddard what kind of action Congress had taken since Tucson. Not much, he said. Then he smiled ruefully. You'd think they would realize that all American citizens want to be sure that weapons are not sold to people who shouldn't get them, he continued. You would think this would reverberate. We need to tell them that there are some simple things that we could be doing. We're going to be here, pushing this, until it doesn't need to be done anymore.
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Hardball with Chuck Todd
Right, and I found that the guys who weren't running a background check, were charging a little bit more for that same gun than dealer was with a check. Because, as one guy explained to me, "There's no tax, there's no paperwork: that's gotta be worth something." And for the guys who want to go around the background check, that's worth a lot.
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The Huffington Post
"Indeed, Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in his French class, has become a crusader for stronger gun laws, as poignantly depicted in the documentary Living for 32, now being shown on college campuses coast-to-coast."
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The Huffington Post
"We shouldn't be surprised if something like this happens again, because we've done absolutely nothing to change it."
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The Huffington Post
"We all heard the news coverage together, but until you spend a lot of time researching a tragedy, you don't get that sense of how small and short and focused an event one of these mass shootings is, how subject to random chance, and how dramatically different such an event can play out if a single element changes."
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Hardball with Chris Matthews
People who support [concealed carry guns on college campuses] have a very narrow focus on the problem... They look at it as, "Hey, someone's about to come shoot you -- do you want a gun, or not?"... The cops that pulled me out of Norris Hall, they said that the first man they saw with a gun, they would have shot him. And they need to be able to respond that way.
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CBSMoneyWatch.com
The screening tonight at Texas State University and a press conference tomorrow on efforts to prevent Texas from allowing concealed guns on school campuses.
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NBC Washington
"The film played at the Sundance Film Festival last month. It is now on a tour of universities and other venues to bring its message of more sensible gun laws to all who will watch."
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The Huffington Post
"This movie...took a huge emotional bite out of me but left me energized as well, infused me with awareness and a sense of the possible future."
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Democracy Now!
"Can we not do something to make this less likely to happen to other people?"
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Women & Hollywood
"These real messages touch a responsive chord with people from both sides of the issue."
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Washington Post
"After Tucson, victim of Virginia Tech shooting asks: 'How many is it going to take?'"
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The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC
Virginia Tech survivor talks Tucson.
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The Christian Science Monitor
As President Obama and others try to unite the nation after the Arizona shooting, the country needs to come together for sensible restrictions on guns. A new film by a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre may help.
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AOL News
Gun Control Debate: Why Do We Make Gun Violence So Easy?
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CNN
"You can't talk about, much less take, bombs and guns onto airplanes. Such behavior in our schools should be prosecuted just as certainly as such behavior in our airports is prosecuted."
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AOL News
Goddard has already gotten a feel for Capitol Hill realities. Soon after becoming the Brady Campaign's assistant director of federal legislation in June, he testified at a "forum" on the gun show loophole.
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Leonard Lopate Show, National Public Radio
Virginia Tech survivor talks Tucson.
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Good Morning America
"For the first time ever in my life, I called 911... By the time I got out where we were, and which building, and which floor, we had bullets coming through our door. And the next ten minutes was the craziest ten minute experience of my whole life."
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Huffington Post
'Living for 32': A Generation Stands Up for Itself Against Deadly Weapons.
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Washington Post
Political scions take over Oscar docs shortlist.
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Additional Coverage


NBC-TV, WSLS-10
I'm really impressed with Colin's ability to turn around a tragedy to motivate and inspire people," said Heather Marlow, who lives in Blacksburg.
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ABC-13, WSET-TV
A Blacksburg audience saw a documentary screening about the need for strong gun laws Wednesday night. The movie, 'Living for 32' was inspired by the Virginia Tech massacre.
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Roanoke Times
Crowds are expected at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg for the 7:30 p.m. showing of 'Living for 32.'
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WSLS-TV, NBC-10
I just think that it would be important to see what someone who experienced [the shooting on April 16th, 2007 at Virginia Tech] has to say about it.
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CBS- WUSA9
There's a Virginia Tech that happens every single day in this country that goes unnoticed. That's what I wanted the name to be. To represent the 32 at the school, but also the bigger picture of the 32 people who are killed everyday by a gun in the country, said Goddard.
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Fox 5 News
The only amendment within the U.S. Bill of Rights that has the word regulated in it is the second amendment. So I think that there's a common middle-ground here that can respect the second amendment while also making it more difficult for dangerous people to obtain those weapons.
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Huffington Post
The film has earned critical acclaim and was selected to appear at the prestigious 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It's being shown on more than 20 college campuses and other venues around the country. But Wednesday's premiere will be one of the most significant, and certainly the most poignant, screenings to date. It takes place where it all started for Colin: Virginia Tech.
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ABC News
This issue and your documentary has gained new significance in the wake of what happened in Tucson.
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ABC-7, WHSV-TV3
Due to his travels to gun shows throughout Virginia, Goddard can offer a graphic, first-hand account of just how easy it can be for the most dangerous people to buy the most lethal weapons, with no questions asked and no identification, or any other information, provided.
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Low Country Weekly
The uncanny timing of the documentary's release is certainly not lost on its creators, who might have preferred that their work go unnoticed than be thrust into the limelight by this confluence of art and life.
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The Observer TV
The answer to gun violence is not more guns. The answer to people shooting is not more people shooting back at them.
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The Daily Targum
The film was selected by a panel of our jurors because they thought it was very important, especially for students, to watch, said Albert Nigrin, executive director of the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center. I have seen the film, and it is very inspirational and moving.
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Collegiate Times
Putting a face to gun violence and sharing a personal story really resonates with people.
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indieWIRE, “SydneysBuzz”
The Creative Coalition and Sundance.
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Alt Film Guide
Oscar 2011 Omissions: Christopher Nolan, Mila Kunis, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN.
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New York 1
Local Filmmaker Brings The Story Of Virginia Tech Massacre To Sundance.
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Fox News Online
They don't care if the person is legally allowed to obtain it; it's a business that could cost innocent lives if it gets into the hands of the wrong person. Young people don't realize that there are initiatives and laws that we can pass to promote gun safety without violating constitutional rights.
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Fox-5
It was a very normal day, like your normal day here on Wednesday at work: 9am French class, doing the usual routine in the class and we had heard some loud banging noises coming outside of our classroom and, you know, that wasn't too strange for us because there had been construction going on the whole semester, so we just chalked it up to another set of hammers or something, but then it got much louder and much closer.
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Richmond Times-Dispatch
"If we don't take that opportunity, I feel like we've just allowed the cycle of violence to continue.
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Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily News
I felt a very emotional response, [Alex] Evans said. But also very logical and practical. [Colin Goddard] is calling on us to improve our law and society.
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CBS-6
Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor Hopes Movie Inspires Changes in Gun Law.
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The Stanford Daily,
Virginia Tech survivor promotes gun control documentary.
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ABC-13, WSET-TV
Virginia Documentary Takes Aim at Guns.
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Richmond Times-Dispatch,
Gun debate reaches state Capitol on lobby day.
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CBS-6, WTVR
Remembering Gun Violence Victims at Virginia State Capital.
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Associated Press
Film focusing on Va. Tech shootings to be shown today.
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Richmond Times-Dispatch
Close the gun show loop-hole.
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ABC-7, KGO-TV
Documentary highlights gun control topic.
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Roanoke Times
Film profiles Va. Tech shooting victim's efforts in gun control; to be shown at Sundance.
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Associated Press
Documentary focuses on VA Tech shooting survivor.
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Richmond Magazine
Transformed by Tragedy.
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AP TV
Colin Goddard is 'Living for 32.'
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Slash Film Blog
This Week in Trailers: The Strange Case Of Angelica (O Estranho Caso de Angelica), Deadheads, Living For 32, The Day, Otto's Eleven.
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The Hollywood Reporter
Sundance Film Festival Announces 2011 Shorts.
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Salt Lake Tribune
Sundance shorts: LaBute, MCA, Tim & Eric, and more.
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Irish Voice
Irish American on Academy Shortlist.
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NYU Local.com
Virginia Tech Survivor Presents Documentary at NYU.
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New York Daily News
Colin Goddard, survivor of tragic Virginia Tech shooting, has message with film 'Living for 32.'
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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Blog
One Who Can't Walk Away.
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Opposing Views
New Documentary on Virginia Tech Shooting 'Living for 32.'
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ABC-7, WJLA-TV
Colin Goddard on Washington's WJLA ABC7 News.
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New York Daily News
Gate Crasher.
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Variety
2012 Oscars won't be earlier.
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Los Angeles Times
Gold Derby nuggets.
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Alt Film Guide
Best Documentary Short Oscar 2011 Semi-Finalists Tackle Terrorism, Gun Control, the Environment.
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Irish Central
Goddard, who could as easily, been cast as a male suitor in Gossip Girl, brings to this documentary a tough-as-nails survivor's story. So much so that Goddard postponed surgery to remove pain inducing shrapnel until filming was concluded.
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i-Italy
The role of the survivor is a complex one. Blessed, destined or simply lucky, being one of the few alive after a tragedy bears a huge responsibility.
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The Survivor's Club
Colin Goddard still has three bullets inside of his body, a daily reminder of the horror he survived that day at Virginia Tech, when 32 people were killed at the hands of Seung-Hui Cho. Goddard has now dedicated his time to advocating for stricter gun control laws.
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