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Dear America
Directed by
Molly E. Smith and Sage Croft

USA / 2018 / 4

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SHORTS: Teen Films.

Generation Z shares their fears in the age of school gun violence.
Molly Smith and Sage Croft are seventeen-year-old filmmakers from Orlando, Florida. Following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, Molly wrote a poem called Dear America expressing her frustration with gun violence in schools. After adapting the poem to a screenplay, she reached out to Sage, another local teen filmmaker, and together they directed the film with a cast and crew comprised soley of members of Generation Z. Their goal was to lend a voice to their generation and start conversations about gun violence. Dear America has received over 80,000 views online and recently won the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression Film contest. Molly and Sage continue to speak around the country, sharing their experience as teens in today’s world of gun violence and how that experience drove them to make Dear America. Both Molly and Sage will be high school seniors during the 2019-2020 school year.
Cast/Featuring: Julia Jordan, Jackson Tessmer, Tierney Smith, Giovanni Rock, Parker Brenneman, Harlan Drum, Maui Kai Malone
Producer(s): Elizabeth Buzbee
Director(s): Molly E. Smith and Sage Croft
Screenwriter(s): Molly E. Smith


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