Directors Jake Lefferman and Emily Taguchi in attendance
AFTER PARKLAND is not a film about victims, but rather, a heartfelt portrayal of people using their grief and anger as the fuel to move forward, heal themselves and, for some, fight to change the world. The 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School left a community in shock, searching for the balance between wanting to be left alone, and needing the world to pay attention and take action. These brave Floridians start movements, lobby their politicians, play basketball and search for normalcy in the wake of extreme tragedy. The close relationships built between filmmakers and survivors allow for an intimate view of how families and friends navigate their new realities — both in the blaring limelight as well as the soft light of home. –Eric Moore
Jake Lefferman is a journalist and filmmaker for ABC Nightline. His work includes award-winning coverage of prison programs connecting inmates with families, a crime miniseries and podcast and long-form reporting including the Parkland and Pittsburgh shootings and Hurricane Harvey. His next project with codirector/producer Emily Taguchi follows asylum seekers from Central America.
Emily Taguchi is a producer for NIGHTLINE, and a filmmaker whose work has been recognized with multiple Emmy® nominations and a duPont-Columbia Award. She has directed and produced stories throughout the U.S. and abroad that have aired on ABC, CNN, The New York Times Op-Docs and PBS, among others.