Parkland Rising Directed
Cheryl Horner McDonough USA / 2019 / 90 minutes World Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Cheryl Horner, Bill Richmond, Manuel and Patricia Oliver, Cameron Kasky, Jammal Lemy, Sam Zeif, and additional Parkland survivors, family an activists
Friday afternoon Manuel Oliver, father of slain Joaquin Oliver, will produce a mural in the center of Woodstock, that “will combine psychedelic vibes,street art and activism, with a strong statement from Joaquin ‘Guac’ Oliver."
On February 14, 2018, a lone shooter opened fire on a Florida high school. In a fight that has become epic, the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre have responded with defiance, eloquence and bravery. Parkland Rising follows these remarkable young people and the parents of the victims as they take on those responsible for the lack of gun control laws: Politicians who accept gun lobby money, gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association.
With unparalleled access, the filmmakers share the personal stories of these fierce leaders as they raise their voices in an effort to prevent more mass shootings. Focusing largely on student activist David Hogg and artist Manuel Oliver, grieving father of slain Joaquin Oliver, this is their journey over nine defining months as they channel their anger into action and engage in a valiant battle of wills with the gun lobby. Alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming Parkland Rising should be seen by every American. —Jay Blotcher
BIO: Cheryl Horner McDonough is a two-time Emmy Award and Peabody-winner who has produced and directed documentaries and news specials for eighteen years. She is the producer of the film Bean, which was named Best of Fest and Best Documentary at several festivals and was nominated for a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award. She is director of Katie Couric’s, America Inside Out, which received two Front Page awards.
Cast/Featuring: David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Manuel Oliver, Patricia Oliver
Executive Producer(s): Katie Couric, will.i.am.
Producer(s): Cheryl Horner McDonough, Bill Richmond, Emilie Bunnell, Lori Raimondo, Neil Berkeley
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