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"I Am Josh Brockington" premieres, honors life of Ralston teen killed 20 years ago

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Mar 06, 2020

LA VISTA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — A teen who died in a crash 20 years ago is remembered by friends in a unique way.

"I Am Josh Brockington" will premiere at the Alamo Draft House on March 8 at 12:30pm. It's an intimate look at his life, through memories, the movies he made, and in his own words.

On March 1, 2000, Ralston High School junior Josh Brockington lost his life when a drunk driver being chased by state troopers hit his vehicle at 72nd & Giles Rd.

Brockington and Dan Sasich, a Ralston H.S. sophomore, were coming back from play practice. Sasich suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a wheelchair until he died in 2010.

Filmmaker Chris Case was a classmate of Brockington's. Josh's mom, Gail Backer, turned over hours and hours of footage; some unseen.

"How he's inspired so many people to this day 20 years later. He still is a part of people that knew him. Anyone he touched he is still a part of," Case explained.

Though he never got to create a legacy in this life, Chris and Gail say he's still impacting the people who knew him through his creativity, drive, and how he treated others.

“I think it's about his character, his heart, and his compassion for others and that was always a big part of josh from very little on,” Backer described. “I think that touches me most through this and what I would hope people take away is that's what counts, that's what life's about, it's how you care for others."

The film will premiere at the Alamo this weekend and is sold out. It will be available to watch on the streaming service, Vidi Space, on March 13.