Two years after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland has become a national metaphor for school shootings and senseless gun violence. Once a quaint South Florida town, it has now been transformed into a community of activists charged with a civic and parental mission to enact real and meaningful change – all because of the events that took place on February 14th, 2018, and the strong desire to prevent other cities from experiencing the same. Their efforts go beyond legislative change for gun law reforms, and include greater school safety measures and enhancements, infrastructure for mental health support programs, and much more.
On June 30, 2020, FOLCS was able to bring this program to its virtual stage after being postponed from February due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Special guests included the father of Gina Montalto and President of Stand with Parkland, Mr. Tony Montalto; Mayor of Parkland, Christine Hunschofsky; Commissioner of Broward County, Michael Udine; and the Boston Globe‘s Metro Columnist, Adrian Walker, in conversation on the Parkland shooting, its aftermath, the community’s response, and the changes that its members continue to work toward.
This event was produced in partnership with the New York Film Academy.