Staff members at The Loft Cinema made a disturbing discovery last month: A short film by Jared Lee Loughner, submitted exactly a year before he went on a shooting rampage on the northwest side.
Loughner apparently submitted the three-minute video to the theater's First Friday Shorts event, staff member J.J. Giddings said via email. Here's how Giddings tells the story.
"We just discovered last month that Jared Loughner did submit a film to our First Friday Shorts - exactly a year before the tragedy on Jan. 8th, 2010. It was called 'W-I-L-D' and was a silent film with just the words 'Lucid Dream' written in the sand and some scenes of the desert and the beach alternating, there weren't any people in the film at all. It was exactly 3 minutes, which is the point at which the light comes on and films can be gonged so he probably was familiar with the event but I couldn't find any other videos submitted and I didn't find this particular video on his youtube page.
"My sister is an attorney and I turned it over to her to submit it as evidence in case it would be useful in the case, plus it was pretty creepy having it in the office."
As you may recall, Loughner wrote and spoke often about conscious, or lucid, dreaming. That is the deliberate manipulation of dreams by the dreamer.
Loughner has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is incarcerated now in a federal prison hospital in Missouri. He must be restored to competency before he can stand trial on 49 charges he faces for killing six people and injuring 13 on Jan. 8, 2011.