South Bend, Ind. A local filmmaker gave the first showing of his documentary “Without Charity” at South Bend's State Theater on Sunday. Paul Lyzun’s film is about Charity Payne and her role in the 2000 Lakeville triple homicide for which she was originally sentenced to 165 years in prison.
The documentary looks at her story, those that supported her, law enforcement and the families affected by the tragedy.
“I wanted to come back to the area to show it here because of the impact that it had here,” Lyzun said. “I think it was good to get the community involved with it because it is a sensitive topic.”
More than 225 locals gathered for the screening, many of whom were family members of those involved in the tragedy. Many of the viewers were moved by the film.
“One of the family members approached me at the beginning before the film had started,” said Lyzun, who had given that family member a private screening prior to the event. “She told me that now she has the ability to forgive and I really think that what she said was more powerfully than any film critic could give me.”
For those who saw the film and would like to discuss their impressions, there are plenty of ways to continue the dialogue.
“There is an online forum and there's a facebook page,” Lyzun said. “There’s also withoutcharity.com and I moderate both pages. If people have questions, I'm there to answer.”
Lyzun and his team hope to tweak the film and submit it for the film festival circuit.