What Happens Now: Columbine – Wounded Minds

Sam Granillo is kind, generous, passionate, and driven. He is ridiculously friendly and he genuinely cares about everyone. He’s someone that wants to see a smile on every face.

Sam Granillo, director of Columbine: Wounded Minds

He is also a survivor of the Columbine Shooting. You know the one – the effects of it rippled through the nation, shocking everyone. It was an example of a perfect storm in the minds of  those who are bullied by their peers and offhandedly  medicated by supposed professionals who don’t even bother to get to know the teenagers they are helping before handing them a prescription. It raised questions about the effects of violence in video games and movies on adolescents – Dylan and Eric knew the film Natural Born Killers front and backward, and used it as a blueprint.

Mourning the loss of friends

But you don’t know it just for that. You know of it because, at the time, it was the most extreme school shooting the nation, and the world, had ever seen. 21 students were injured and 12 were killed, along with 1 teacher.You know it because you’ve seen the disturbing photos and video of the two shooters stalking through the school, guns in hand. You watched it happen with the rest of the nation.

Sam's Junior Yearbook Photo

Sam Granillo hid in an office off of the cafeteria while the shooters prowled the school for several hours. The things he heard and witnessed would scar him and everyone there with him for life. In the aftermath of this, the students were promised free counseling for life. By the time most of them realized they were all dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, the funds had dried up, and those who needed the help but couldn’t afford it, like Sam, were out of luck.

Sam is making a very important documentary about his and other students’ experiences during and after Columbine. The goal is to shed light on the help that they all have needed for the past decade, and have never received. However, it isn’t only meant to shed light on the students of Columbine, but to raise awareness about what people go through in the aftermath of events like these in general. Soldiers coming home from war are not the only people who live with what they’ve seen every day, and we often forget that.

While Sam has been trying to raise funds for his documentary, Lifetime bought the rights to Dave Cullen’s book, Columbine. Last week, several outraged Columbine survivors created a petition to ask Lifetime not to dramatize the book. They are tired of their experience being exploited in this way. It’s time for someone who lived, someone who knows first hand what happened that day, to tell the story.

Please help Sam get this film made. You can help even just by spreading the word, or making  a small donation to the film itself at his Facebook donation page. Interface Watches have agreed to help Sam with his film by donating portions of profits on this watch to his film.

Sam has the support of the survivors of Columbine. They want to see this documentary get made.

Proceeds on this watch go to help fund Sam's film

Documentary Project Trailer

Here are some articles on Sam’s Documentary:

Denver Post Article

Colorado Daily Article

Westword Article

Columbine Courier Article

13 Responses to “What Happens Now: Columbine – Wounded Minds”
  1. Jared says:

    Great post. Hey, I’m at the website to purchase one of the watches. Is the site legit? I get a little nervous putting in my card info on sites that aren’t secure.

  2. Robin says:

    is sam doing a kickstarter?

    • He does have a Kickstarter page but donating ended (you can only allot so much time) and he didn’t reach his goal – so he’s trying again through other venues. It’s possible he’ll start up another one in the future.

  3. Jared says:

    Your item has left our acceptance facility and is in transit to a sorting facility on February 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm in REXBURG, ID 83440.

    Enter Label/Receipt Number.

    Detailed Results:

    Dispatched to Sort Facility, February 14, 2012, 5:26 pm, REXBURG, ID 83440
    Acceptance, February 14, 2012, 7:31 am, REXBURG, ID 83440
    Electronic Shipping Info Received, February 13, 2012

    ; D I’m going to post a picture as soon as I get it… Very excited!

  4. Jared says:


    I got it and I love it! : D Check it out… http://jmatthewkays.com/2012/02/17/timepiece-for-columbine/

    Your friend,


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