Welcome to case219

About the Film

Synopsis

  •  Through the eyes of a Los Angeles Times journalist, the story of a high school shooting rampage unfolds in a series of tense and suspenseful documentary style interviews. Case 219 penetrates the everyday lives of the shooter's best friends and family in the pursuit of learning what triggered the violent acts. These provocative and haunting interviews leave the audience with the dilemma of who is really to blame.

Director & Cast

  

A film by James Bruce

Based on Walter Dean Myers' award winning book, Shooter.

Starring Evan Ross, Leven Rambin, Taylor Nichols, Melora Walters, Harold Perrineau and Brett Davern.

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Cast & Crew

  

Evan Ross (Cameron Porter) began his acting career appearing in the films ATL and Pride and went on to star in such films as Black Water Transit, Gardens of the Night, Life Support and Linewatch. He is currently shooting Red Tails, a George Lucas film about the Tuskegee Airmen with Terrence Howard and Bryan Cranston. Evan is cutting his first solo music album. He is the son of American music legend Diana Ross.


Leven Rambin (Carla Evans) first got cast in All My Children in 2004, playing the role of Lily Montgomery. She was the only actress from All My Children to be nominated for the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. She also has appeared in an episode of Law & Order: SVU and on NBC's Lipstick Jungle. In 2008, Rambin joined the cast of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, playing the character Riley Dawson.


Taylor Nichols (Dr. Richard Ewings) is best known for his roles in the Whit Stillman films Metropolitan and Barcelona he has also appeared in the films Congo, The American President, Boiler Room and the up-coming Possessions. Television work includes the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man as well as recurring roles on Criminal Minds and The Practice. He produced the Vanguard feature The Next Step and is a producer on Case 219.


with Melora Walters (Agent Victoria Lash) was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her name is Yoruba, meaning "fellowship." Frequently cast by Paul Thomas Anderson, Walters has appeared in Boogie Nights, as Jessie St. Vincent and in Magnolia, as Claudia Wilson Gator. She has also appeared on such television shows as Roseanne, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue and CSI. In 2003, Walters portrayed Lila in Cold Mountain, and in 2004, played Andrea Treborn in the The Butterfly Effect. She guest-starred as Sylvia Greene on Desperate Housewives and currently plays the role of Wanda in the HBO drama Big Love.


and Harold Perrineau (Dr. Franklyn Bonner) is known for the role of Michael Dawson in the ABC television series Lost. He played Link in The Matrix films and Augustus Hill in the HBO series Oz after starring as Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. He currently stars in ABC's comedy-drama television series The Unusuals, playing NYPD homicide detective Leo Banks.

Director's Note

  


"While reading Walter Dean Myers' novel Shooter, I was struck on how realistic and visual the interviews were. When my son Samuel, who had given me the book in the first place, and I talked about how to bring this story to the screen, we both thought that by reenacting what the two teenagers revealed in their interviews, with psychiatrists and police, would lose the essence of the book. I also believe that when one talks about school shootings, images of the Media immediately come to mind for most of us, and therefore not only did I think all we would be doing by recreating flashbacks, would be to duplicate what we see on television but we would lose the authenticity that one gets from watching live news coverage. This is why I decided to film the story mostly in archival interviews without any flashbacks. The challenge for me was to take the four interviews from the novel and adapt them into three scenes no longer than 25 to 30 minutes each. I also added the story of the reporter, which was not in the novel in order to tie the interviews together. The key to succeeding in this endeavor was to make sure we had a strong cast and I was extremely lucky and grateful to have put together, with our casting director and co-producer Lisa Hamil, an amazing cast. The faith Walter Dean Myers put in me by letting us make the film based on his novel in the first place is what I am most grateful for! School violence and its affect is a subject that needs to be discussed and my hope for this film, which my teenage son brought to me, is that it generates real and relevant discussions on how to prevent future rampages such as Virginia Tech or Columbine." -James Bruce

 

Our Team's Thoughts

  

"In walking down the quiet streets of Littleton, Colorado, I felt an enormous tension. Nothing unusual was happening at the moment, but I knew I was close to the scene of one of the most violent happenings in American history. In rethinking the events of that day I realized that the noise and chaos could be recreated, but little could be done to recreate the tension that both victims and spectators will have to live with forever. This film nails that tension" 

-Walter Dean Myers (author of Shooter) 


"I am really excited to be part of the conversation that is Case 219. From the moment I read it I was really excited about the idea of trying to take an in-depth, specific look into the causes of such extreme cases of violence. Violence that plagues our school system across this country. Being a product of an inner city school where this type of violence was a regular occurrence it's always been important to me, to look into why these things occur and see if there is a way to recognize the signs to stop the violence before it happens. For me Case 219 begins that conversation. A conversation that is long over due." 

-Harold Perrineau (executive producer & stars as Dr. Franklin Bonner) 


"This film was really important to me because of its unique format, with the interviews and the home videos. It was a really groundbreaking way to reveal the psyches and motives of these troubled kids, who are usually demonized and ostracized by the media when a tragedy like a school shooting. I'm really proud of the light we were able to bring to such a profound subject that continues to occur in schools around the nation."

-Leven Rambin (stars as Carla Evans) 


"I was drawn to work on the film Case 219 because of the way it explored how events come to happen in our society. Like Kurosawa's Rashomon, the viewer is allowed to see the event through different individual's perspectives. In the end, one is faced with the consequences of taking action as much as not taking action, and/or not getting involved. The viewer cannot help but walk away and think of his participation in everything that happens in the seemingly mundane ordinary world that we live in."

- actress Melora Walters (stars as Special Agent Victoria Lash) 


"I was immediately drawn to the material and it's unique view on the internal path that leads to external violent events. At my first meeting with writer/ director James Bruce and producers Taylor Nichols and Christian Faber, the first four names we discussed I prefaced with 'We probably can't get them, but how about...' It is impossible to cast a small independent film with your first choices, and yet with the strength of the script and the director's vision, we did. This is an incredibly important film to me and my greatest hope is that it will contribute to an honest dialogue by those get to experience it."

- Lisa Hamil (spectacular casting director/co-producer) 

About

  

Seventeen-year old Leonard Grey went on a high school shooting rampage killing one student and injuring scores more before turning the gun on himself. Using documentary style interviews Case 219 examines the interconnected relationships between the shooter, his friends, their tormentors at school, and their parents. The film unfolds through the eyes of a Los Angeles Times journalist researching a story for the tenth anniversary of this tragedy and in watching the interviews we discover the reporters own shocking secret.

Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 books for children and young adults. His award-winning body of work includes Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels and Monster. He has received two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. He is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award as well as the first recipient of Kent State University's Virginia Hamilton Literary Award.

Director and screenwriter James Bruce discovered the book Shooter when his teen-age son, Samuel, handed it to him and said, "Dad, you should make a movie out of this book." After reading Shooter, Bruce concurred. Bruce got his start with Louis Malle working on many of Malle's films, but it was his experience on Malle's similarly conversational My Dinner with André (1981) that connected him to Case 219.

James's adaptation of Myers' book immediately attracted quality actors to the project and allowed the film to be made for a "reasonable" budget. Everyone embraced the theatrical nature of the story, doing the interviews in real time and refusing to rely on flashbacks of crime scene carnage we all know too well from local TV news coverage. We rehearsed the material like a play and in fact one interview was filmed entirely in one take. Case 219 was indeed a labor of love and a team effort as at one point or another everyone ... and we mean everyone took turns holding the boom. 

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