Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter: Parkland Rising with Sara Ramaker and Cheryl McDonough

Monday, September 21, 2020 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Online Location


The young people will win. 


On February 14, 2018, a school shooting took the lives of 17 people and suddenly changed the conversation about guns in America.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could not be called "the deadliest" or even "the most shocking" mass shooting in recent US history. It came less than five months after 58 people were shot and killed at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, and nothing changed. It came less than two years after 49 people were shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and nothing changed. There were 345 mass shootings in the US in 2017 alone, and nothing changed.

But this time, something clicked. This inspiring documentary tracks the movement that emerged from Parkland and the people who continue to do the work -- into our current election season. 




Sara Ramaker, Mason alumna and COO of’s I.Am.Media, produced Parkland Rising. 

Cheryl Horner McDonough is a Florida native who lived and worked all over the world from Atlanta, GA to Sydney, Australia to Bucharest, Romania before settling in New York City where she founded Gigantic! Productions in 2001. Cheryl is now a two-time Emmy Award winner for her work on MTV's "True Life" series and the documentary special "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word." She is the recipient of multiple Prism Awards for documentaries about drug addiction, a Peabody Award for her work on an MTV sexual health campaign, and has twice been nominated for GLAAD Awards. Cheryl produced the documentary film "BEAN," which took the prize for Best Documentary Feature at 2017's Big Apple Film Festival in New York, Best of Fest at AmDocs in Palm Springs and was nominated for a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award. She created the Netflix original series "Marching Orders," and was Series Director for Katie Couric's six-part Nat Geo documentary series "America Inside Out," for which she received two Front Page awards. 

See Robert Daniels' review at

Katie Couric and Cheryl McDonough On Making The Documentary Parkland Rising

The Hollywood Reporter: Tells Davos Americans Are "Desensitized" to Mass School Shootings


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For more information: 

Abbesi Akhamie, Production Coordinator, Film at Mason

Cynthia Fuchs, Director, Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason; Interim Director, Film at Mason


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