Newly Discovered Short Film By Jared Loughner Turned Over To Authorities

Employees at an independent movie theater in Arizona made a disturbing find while searching through their archives recently. They discovered a short film that Tucson shooter Jared Loughner had submitted for an event on Jan. 8, 2010, exactly one year before the massacre that resulted in the deaths of six people and injuries of several others, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Titled “W-I-L-D,” it was a bizarre three-minute film, theater staffer J.J. Giddings told Tim Steller of the Arizona Daily Star. It “was a silent film with just the words ‘Lucid Dream’ written in the sand and some scenes of the desert and the beach alternating,” he said. “There weren’t any people in the film at all.”

Giddings said he turned the film over to authorities investigating the case, hoping that it might provide some help. “Plus,” he added, “it was pretty creepy having it in the office.”

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Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com
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