Filmmakers Fundraise in Duluth for Upcoming Jacob Wetterling Documentary

Taylor Holt
Updated: May 07, 2019 10:24 PM

One of the most notorious cases in Minnesota's history is being brought to the big screen. Filmmakers for an upcoming Jacob Wetterling documentary were in Duluth Tuesday, for their 5-city fundraising tour. 

The event took place at Lake Superior Brewing. There, community members got to learn about the film, where the project stands and see an exclusive trailer for the upcoming film. 

Director of the film, Chris Newberry, says they have been working on the film for the past three and a half years. He says it will include Jacob's parents, as well as law enforcement who worked on the case. He also says it will include content about the investigation but the main focus is on the human consequences of an unsolved crime, the resilience of the Wetterling family throughout the 27-year investigation and the good work that came out of it. He says his vision for the film is for it to be something Jacob's family can be proud of. He also says the impacts this case has had inspired him to create this film. 

"It's very much about how big a deal this case was for the state of Minnesota and this part of the Country. I grew up in Minnesota and I was 3 years older than Jacob when he was abducted. I was 14, and it really impacted me," said Newberry. "And then those decades of not knowing what happened stuck with me."

He says he wants for people who see this to take away just how it impacted people.

"Patty and I talk a lot about the ripple effect. Think about just this one occurrence on this quiet road in a small town and what a big impact it's had," Newberry added. "A lot of good work has been done in Jacob's name and it occurred in the midst of this cultural shift in how parents approach the supervision of their kids and for me, that's what were interested in exploring." 

At the event, people with First Witness Advocacy Center also spoke about their efforts on promoting child safety, as well as their partnership with the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

Right now, the filmmakers are moving into the editing phase of the film's project and looking for the community's financial help. Their GoFundMe goal is $60,000. 

As of Tuesday, they were just over $12,000.

If their fundraising goal is met by next month, they hope the film may be able to come out sometime in 2020.

So far, they've held events in Minneapolis and Monday night in Jacob's hometown of St. Joseph, where the event was sold out.


Taylor Holt

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