This special screening of PARKLAND RISING, co-presented by #UNLOAD and UConn Stamford. In Partnership with Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Franklin Street Works. FREE to the public. Please email email@example.com to reserve your tickets now.
Post-film Q&A with director Cheryl McDonough, Matt Deitsch, and Manuel & Patricia Oliver.
On February 14, 2018, a school shooting took the lives of 17 people and suddenly changed the conversation about guns in America. Local and national news crews descended on the suburban town of Parkland, Florida in droves. A handful of media-savvy student survivors saw that all eyes were on them and seized the opportunity to be heard. Spurred by raw emotions, outrage and the desire to honor the friends they lost, David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Jammal Lemy, and their classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School suddenly became the faces of the largest movement for gun reform in the country’s history. These vocal teens demanded to be heard by their local and national politicians and quickly gained hundreds of thousands of supporters. Manuel and Patricia Oliver lost their son, Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, in the shooting. The 17-year-old senior was beloved by his classmates and teachers. In the wake of Joaquin’s murder with an AR-15, the Olivers founded the non-profit called Change The Ref to try and change the NRA-backed political leadership they believe are making “bad calls.” Manuel Oliver, an artist, used his pain to create provocative and emotional “Walls of Demands,” and found a unique way to bring Joaquin’s voice into the movement. Manuel and Patricia stood alongside David, Jaclyn, Emma, Cameron, Sam and the March For Our Lives students forging a deep bond, supporting and motivating each other in their fight to prevent other families from experiencing the tragedy of a mass shooting.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Cheryl Horner McDonough is a two-time Emmy Award winner for her work on MTV’s youth-oriented True Life series and the documentary special Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word. Cheryl is the recipient of multiple PRISM awards for documentary specials about drug addiction, a Peabody Award for her work on an MTV sexual health campaign, and has twice been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards. In 2001 she founded Gigantic! Productions which has produced compelling documentaries, unscripted series, and news specials for 18 years. Cheryl produced the documentary film BEAN, which took the prize for Best of Fest and Best Documentary Feature at 2017’s Big Apple Film Festival in New York, American Documentary And Animation Film Festival and Film Fund in Palm Springs, and the FirstGlance Film Festivals (Hollywood, Philadelphia) and was nominated for a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award. She created the Netflix original series Marching Orders which debuted in 2018. Cheryl was Series Director for Katie Couric’s Nat Geo series America Inside Out for which she received two Front Page awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York.
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