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The Kent State Massacre

On May 4th, 1970 four Kent State students were killed and nine others wounded by National Guardsmen on their own campus in response to their disagreement with the war in Vietnam. Joseph Lewis, a Kent State University freshman at the time, recalls his first hand account of the weekend leading up to Monday May 4th and address the systematic use of force on American citizens used by the government and law enforcement officials to this day.

  • Joseph A Lewis
  • Conor Heisler
  • Montel Thomas
  • Joe Lewis
    Key Cast
  • Peter Trepke
    Sound Mix
  • Napoleon "Polo" Green
  • Nick Kern
  • Grace Fleisher
    Additional Photography
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  • Genres:
    Social Commentary, Police Brutality, Social Jusice, Social Change
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Joseph A Lewis

Joe Lewis, a Canton Ohio native believes he holds a responsibility as a filmmaker to create conversation through responsible, factual, confronting documentaries. Hoping to use his ability to push for a common understanding of the basic human experience Lewis aims to connect with viewers of every demographic. Joe believes there is little excuse or reason to not use our ability to share information at a rapid pace, especially surrounding social and cultural change.

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