Documentary shows how Rochester responded to Boys and Girls Club mass shooting

December 07, 2017 06:42 PM

ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) – It’s been called one of the most heinous crimes in Rochester; a mass shooting outside of a Boys and Girls Club on Genesee Street, claiming the lives of three men and injuring others.

For those family and friends affected, it’s a constant wound. Now, a documentary has been made to show the “aftermath and movement of a community after three young men were killed in a mass shooting after an anti-violence basketball game.”

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The film, titled "Move," will screen at the Little Theatre on December 12 and 15 at 7 p.m. The theatre says, "The film captures a community’s response to the violence in their neighborhoods, and their efforts to take back the city.”

Tam Little, the writer and director of Move, said she is friends with one mother who lost her son. She wanted to create the documentary to keep his legacy alive for his two young children.

“I want people to be inspired. I want them to move. I want them to move in their communities, in their schools. It’s not just about gun violence. Everyone has gifts and talents, I want them to use them to impact this city, to impact this county, to impact this nation,” said Little.

Anita Barley will bravely watch her son’s life play out across the screen. Her son, Jonah Barley, was one of three killed that night.

“There’s nothing I can do or say or pray that will bring my child back. But to know [the film] could help someone out there, I’m very pleased with it,” she said.

The night of August 19, 2015 is one she will never forget. She knew her son was at the basketball game, as her kids spent a lot of time at the Boys and Girls Club.

“It’s a great hang out spot. It’s for children. When everyone said ‘wrong place, wrong time…’ I would say ‘how could the Boys and Girls Club ever be the wrong place?’ No. what happened was wrong,” expressed Barley.

She didn’t know anything had happened until someone showed up at her door.

“I’ll never forget it…it was like everyone from the neighborhood was in my front yard. And it seemed like everyone was trying to talk…,” recalled Barley. “It was a nightmare. Something you don’t wish on your worst enemy.”

Move will highlight what has happened in the community since that day. Tam Little hopes to show it to students who are often affected by violence to talk about safety and conflict resolution.

“The fact these perpetrators came to a safe haven, a Boys and Girls Club, after a stop the violence tournament, was so impactful to people across this nation,” explained Little.

Tickets for both screenings are $9. They’re available at, along with at the box office.

Trailer here:

MOVE: The Official Trailer from Virtual Bay Entertainment on Vimeo.


Stephanie Robusto

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