A new documentary, Parkland Rising, exploring the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting and ensuing political movement, will have its world premiere at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival.
In February of 2018, 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a student opened fire on his classmates and teachers with a machine gun. The tragedy took place following other high-profile mass shootings in America, including the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 and the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.
But after Parkland, the national mood on gun control shifted as a new movement arose, led by young survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
The film brings together March for Our Lives founders and activists David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, grieving fathers Fred Guttenberg and Manuel Oliver and others to revisit the tragedy that changed the conversation about guns in America.
Parkland Rising is produced by Gigantic! Productions. Cheryl Horner McDonough directs and produces. DP Bill Richmond and Lori Raimondo serve as producers, with Neil Berkeley as consulting producer and Joe Stramowski as field producer.
“I sensed that we were witnessing the birth of a new political movement and wanted to document it as it unfolded,” said Horner McDonough in a statement. “Mass murder in our schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and concert venues is all too common in this country, but the reaction of the surviving students and families of the victims in the Parkland massacre was almost shockingly different. I wanted to capture these fleeting moments before they became part of history. I wanted to make sure that when the news crews left Parkland and moved on to the next story, the voices of these students and their families would continue to be heard.”
Added Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and managing director Meira Blaustein: “I wish it was not nearly as timely, but as we witness over and over again, gun control is a huge unresolved issue in our country. I am honored to be able to present the world premiere of Parkland Rising at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival, and look forward to sharing this important work with our audience.
The premiere of Parkland Rising will take place at the Woodstock Playhouse on Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET, with additional an screening Oct. 5.
The 2019 edition of the Woodstock Film Festival runs Oct. 2-6 in Woodstock, New York.