Local filmmakers creating Christian-Newsom documentary

Local filmmakers creating Christian-Newsom documentary

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Husband and wife filmmakers David and Gail Witt have been working on their documentary about the Christian Newsom murders since 2009. Husband and wife filmmakers David and Gail Witt have been working on their documentary about the Christian Newsom murders since 2009.
The lights were set and the cameras rolling Friday as the Witts prepared for one of their final interviews with the Newsom family. The lights were set and the cameras rolling Friday as the Witts prepared for one of their final interviews with the Newsom family.
"We were in the process of doing the editing when it all came out about [Judge Richard] Baumgartner, and it all came to a screeching halt," Gail Witt said. "We were in the process of doing the editing when it all came out about [Judge Richard] Baumgartner, and it all came to a screeching halt," Gail Witt said.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The story of the Christian Newsom murders is well known in East Tennessee, but one local couple is working to tell the story on the national stage with a documentary on the families and the justice they've sought for nearly seven years.

The husband and wife filmmakers have been working on their documentary about the Christian Newsom murders since 2009.

"The story of these kids, these beautiful kids, they've got to be told and what these families have gone through is unimaginable so they have a right to be heard," said Gail Witt, one half of the filmmaking team.

Gail Witt and her husband David didn't know either of the families until the trials began in 2009. They have experience in the film industry and after seeing a lack of coverage in the national media, they decided to make a documentary.

It's their first documentary and with everything that has happened over the last four years, it's been a journey.

"We were in the process of doing the editing when it all came out about [Judge Richard] Baumgartner, and it all came to a screeching halt," Witt said. "The story was not over and we didn't know what was going to happen next."

The Witts have interviewed the families and friends of Chris and Channon over the last four years for the film they've titled "Forever Changed."

The lights were set and the cameras rolling Friday as the Witts prepared for one of their final interviews with the Newsom family.

"We really truly miss Chris, he was the kind of son any parent would be proud to have," Mary Newsom told Gail Witt.

Gail Witt says there have been so many roller coasters of emotions over the years.

"It's hard, it's really hard at times," she said.

Mary and Hugh Newsom say it's difficult for them to tell the story over and over again, but they've already been through hell and back.

"We wanted something of a beneficial nature to eventually come out of this, we lost two great kids," Hugh Newsom said. "We lost two kids and the Christians lost two kids because Channon and Chris were inseparable."

They plan to tell their story for as long as it takes to get their message out.

"We want everyone to be aware of what happened to these kids," Mary Newsom said. "They were in a safe place but they were there at the wrong time, it could have been anyone's kids, unfortunately it was our kids."

The Witts hope to finish filming next month. They plan to release the film in the beginning of 2014 and hope to submit it to several film festivals.

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