Well, it's about time. I caught Out of the Blue at Toronto in 2006, and then only because a wonderfully persistent PR guy encouraged me repeatedly to check it out. It wasn't that I didn't want to see it -- Toronto is just a huge fest, and with so many films to choose from, it wasn't on my radar. I was glad I worked it in, though -- the film, about the infamous 1990 Aramoana massacre in the tiny town of Aramoana, New Zealand, had me on the edge of my seat.

The basic gist of the story: One day, seemingly out of nowhere, David Gray, who was born and raised in Aramoana and had known the people living there his entire life, snapped, going on a shooting spree that ended the lives of 13 people, four of them children, before he was shot and killed by police. In retrospect, there were signs that Gray was coming unhinged, but no one who knew him ever thought something like this would happen in their peaceful town.

The film is getting a one-week exclusive engagement at the IFC Center in New York City starting October 17. The film, directed by Robert Sarkies, who grew up in a town near Aramoana and was there at the time of the massacre, was directed with great care to be respectful to the victims and the surviving residents of Aramoana; at the same time it's tense and engaging, and well worth catching in a theater. Catch it while you can.