Local Director Receives Oscar Consideration
A new documentary directed by Rockaway Beach native Kevin Breslin, about a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, has been named an Academy Award shortlisted finalist for this year’s documentary short film.
“Living for 32” is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, April 16, 2007. The winning combination of Colin’s passion, charis-ma and optimism has commanded the attention of the American public and media since the devastating incident which left 32 dead and 17 injured.
In “Living for 32,” Colin shares an intimate account of the terror he and his classmates endured and the courageous journey of renewal and hope he chose to pursue.
Breslin previously directed the award winning documentary, “Women of Rockaway,” with his sister, Rosemary Breslin, which won the 2003 Gracie Allen Award for best TV documentary.
Breslin has worked on several commercials in Rockaway over the years including commercials for ESPN, Bank of America, Crest, Verizon and American Express. His wife, Liz Smith-Breslin, a lifelong resident of Rockaway Beach, co-owns The Blue Bungalow on Beach 116 Street.