Valentine Road (image 1)

Richly detailed, deeply affecting documentary... Its effect is quietly devastating.

Rob Nelson, Variety

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Valentine Road 2013

Directed by Marta Cunningham

This documentary teases out the clash in community values underpinning the schoolroom shooting of a gay junior high student in California by a fellow student. Was it murder, a hate crime or justifiable self-defence?

USA In English
88 minutes Blu-ray

Director

Producers

Marta Cunningham
,
Sasha Alpert
,
Eddie Schmidt

Editors

Tchavdar Georgiev
,
Yana Gorskaya

Sound

John Barley

Music

Michael Orendy

With

Dawn Boldrin
,
Kendra McInerney
,
James Bing
,
Jeremy McInerney
,
Robyn Bramson
,
Scott Wippert
,
Maeve Fox
,
Jeff Kay

Festivals

Sundance 2013

This documentary teases out the clash in community values underpinning the schoolroom shooting of a junior high student in California by a classmate. Was it murder, a hate crime or justifiable self-defence? “First-time filmmaker Marta Cunningham’s remarkable Valentine Road focuses on the headline-grabbing 2008 case of 15-year-old Lawrence ‘Larry’ King, the openly gay junior high student shot and killed by 14-year-old classmate Brandon McInerney… Spending three years on the ground in the racially and economically diverse SoCal bedroom community, Cunningham gained extraordinary access to parties and partisans on all sides, including McInerney’s family, attorneys for the defense and prosecution, the LGBT activists who quickly mobilized into action, and the surprisingly robust constituency (including more than a few teachers and other authority figures) who rally behind McInerney as the real victim here. The result is… an unforgettable, troubling close-up of small-town America at a moral and ethical crossroads.” — Scott Foundas, Village Voice