Seattle filmmaker seeks backing for Capitol Hill Massacre movie

A Seattle director is asking for community support to raise money to complete his film about one of the most violent incidents in Capitol Hill’s history. Filmmaker Jagger Gravning says his Wallflower film will tell the story of the 2006 Capitol Hill Massacre in an effort to better understand what drove a 28-year-old man to murder six people at an E Republican home before turning a gun on himself:

“Kyle Huff was a very sick person. I don’t want to try and convince people — I’m not trying to say we should have sympathy with Kyle Huff but we should definitely have empathy. Because reaching out and having empathy is how we are going to prevent things like that from happening in the future.”

This March 25th marked the five year anniversary of the incident.

The Seattle-based Gravning is raising funds for Wallflower via the Kickstarter Web site. The production has currently raised a little more than $3,500 of its $10,000 goal. As is typical of Kickstarter projects, donors that give at certain levels receive special recognition from the filmmakers. For example, a pledge of $250 or more nets a donor “The LOGO/GRAPHIC of your BUSINESS or the CHARITY of your choice will be shown in the ending credits of the film.”

The movie project was first reported by the Whitefish Pilot in Huff’s Idaho hometown.

In a conversation Wednesday night, Gravning told CHS he’s aware his project will be controversial but that his intention is to make a film that documents Huff’s spiraling depression, withdrawal and eventual fixation with the people he killed. “If there is a backlash, I think it’s misplaced,” Gravning said. “I’m literally trying to make a film about what happened with Kyle Huff.”

In 2006, Gravning was in Seattle at the time of the murders but he says he didn’t immediately feel the need to create a film about Huff. He says he knew one person who was killed and one of the survivors — but that’s not what has driven him to create the movie. “This was not some great mystery,” Gravning said. “It’s very important to take this example and learn. Mass shootings are predictable and preventable — we can see people in our lives who are suffering depression and withdrawing.”

Gravning, whose experience thus far has been limited to short and experimental films, acknowledges that he’s picked a challenging subject matter to make his start with. “Making a film is a hard thing to do. This makes it even harder. But I’m certain I have to do this film.”

Here is a project video and description of Wallflower from the Kickstarter page:

Frustrated by his own relatively unsuccessful life, Kyle Huff searched for purpose by stalking Seattle’s rave scene, whose licentious lifestyle and exuberant sexuality both fascinated and repulsed him. 

Eventually Kyle unleashed his pent-up emotions in a shocking and suicidal last stand.

Although he committed a monstrous act, there was a man within the monster much like many other lonely and confused young men.  

Our aim is to accurately portray Kyle’s emotional downfall. This tragedy must no longer be regarded simply as a mystery as was so often portrayed in the popular media.

It is important to understand Kyle Huff and the emotional well that ran so deep he was willing die in order to murder half a dozen others.

Thank you for your support of this important feature film based on true events. Remember, not a single dollar will be taken unless we reach our fundraising goal, which will allow the project to move forward.

You have the power to make this happen! Every dollar counts!!

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106 thoughts on “Seattle filmmaker seeks backing for Capitol Hill Massacre movie

  1. How can you say you are close with the victims and you glorify Kyle?
    You should be ashamed to call yourself a friend to those deceased.

  2. I was in that fucking house when the shots were fired!! I held my lil sister as she died from a fucking gun shot to the head!! This guy is a sick freak and making a movie about this is exactly what he wanted!! He wanted fame!! He wanted to world to know his name because he was a fuckin FREAK that NOBODY liked for a fucking reason!! How would you feel holding your lil sisters LIFELESS body in your fucking hands her blood covering every inch of clothing you wear!! How the fuck can you make a movie about this you sick fuck?! I hope you die a worse death than my lil sister Melissa did!! She was 14 fucking years old you fuck!! I see her in this movie at all and I swear I will hunt you down!!!

  3. I lived in Seattle when this happened. And I remember some of the so called “fund raisers,” that simply fattned the pockets of certain promoters. It made me sick, shame on those people. I think it is about time that someone made a film about this brutal event. After all, this is America.

  4. They think they know everything about him but they dont, I am related to him by blood. His father is my grandfather who left my grandmother when she was just in her twenties, a japanese american who couldnt speak a lick of english. His dad was a peice of garbage who abandoned my dad and aunt, and left to eventually have Kyle and his brother. My condolences go out to the victims of the massacre, and Kyle because something in his life triggered him to mak this decision, he is human like us all.

    Michael Hough

    p.s. the last names are spelled differently because his mother changed their names after she and their dad split. It was originally Hough.

  5. I want to know when this is going to be done, because I want to see it. I’m tired of people acting like Kyle is some sort of demon, and I agree, this movie needs to be made so that people can understand him too. I understand that it’s sad, and him murdering people wasn’t right… but he’s not a bad person.