GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Minnesota filmmaker Chris Newberry has spent nearly four years working on “The Jacob Wetterling Documentary,” a film about the 1989 disappearance of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling and the overwhelming impact the case had on communities across the Midwest, and greater society as a whole. 

Newberry and his team began filming with the Wetterling family at a pivotal moment in 2015, just as word came of an arrest in their son’s case. The subsequent material made for a deeply affecting story about meaning, loss, resilience, lending hope for a future without child abuse and exploitation.

The film is now ready for an editor so Newberry and his team are seeking financial support from the community to help move the project along. A GoFundMe campaign, as well as a five-city fundraising tour, including a stop in Minneapolis May 1, will share the work-in-progress and attempt to build community support for the documentary’s completion.

For information on tickets to the Minneapolis event, or to donate to the GoFundMe campaign, go to the Jacob Wetterling Film website.