Sutherland Springs documentary filmmaker gives voice to mass shooting survivors

Sutherland Springs documentary filmmaker gives voice to mass shooting survivors

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – With 31 documentaries in the past 10 years, documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn’s most recent project is the Sutherland Springs mass shooting.

Minn met a lot of the heroic survivors, family members and first responders, for what is known to be the largest mass shooting in Texas history.

“Our country is in trouble right now. We’re trending in the wrong direction and mass shootings no country in the world has the types of mass shootings that we do. No country in th world,” said Minn.

Mass shootings by the end of 2019, There were 417 mass shootings in the U.S , according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. Minn says that nothing is being done about them.

In his films, Minn opts out of mentioning the names of murderers, because he doesn’t want to satisfy any desires of fame through violence.

But the filmmaker does want to shine the light on the victims, giving them a voice. His goal in his films is to show the humanitarian side of people.

In this documentary, Minn mentions the great Samaritan who went after the killer and shot him after he left the church preventing him from killing other people which then led the killer to shooting himself a short while after the chase. He talks about the high school senior who pushed down a little girl under the church pew with his foot so she wouldn’t be visible to the killer.

“What I’m trying my best in this movie like all my other films is to humanize the story not politcize it,” continued Minn.

Minn spent three days at the scene of the shooting in Sutherland Springs just 80 miles north of Victoria near San Antonio, gathering information and footage to use for the documentary. The film should be out early 2021.