Virgina Tech massacre survivor to screen film March 17
March 4, 2011
“Living for 32” is an award-winning documentary about the life of Colin Goddard, who survived the bloody massacre at Virginia Tech that killed 32 students and faculty members. Goddard, who was shot four times, shares his account of the terror he and his classmates endured, and his courageous journey of renewal and hope––turned into a mission to change gun laws.
Goddard will screen and discuss the film at the University of Richmond School of Law on Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in Room 102, followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public.
The story of Goddard’s "survivor's mission" has captured the attention of the American public and media. 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.
Goddard, who is from Richmond, played a unique role in the horrific shooting on April 16, 2007: He was the only person within the building to call the police. Urged by his French professor to dial 911 as the crackle of gunfire came closer to the door of their classroom, Goddard made the call. By the end of the rampage, the killer had fired at him four times. Told he might not walk again, Goddardfought his way through arduous physical therapy. After recovering and graduating from Virginia Tech, Colin now volunteers for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation’s largest gun control organization.
The screening is co-sponsored by the University of Richmond School of Law Student Bar Association, and the student government associations from Westhampton College, Richmond College, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the Robins School of Business, the School of Continuing Education, and the Office of the Chaplaincy.