PARKLAND RISING follows the high school students and families who became fierce leaders of a national movement for gun reform following the shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in 2018. With unparalleled access, this documentary goes behind the news headlines to share the personal stories of the students leading the movement, as well as the families of victims who are working together to create meaningful change.
PARKLAND RISING joins David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, grieving fathers Fred Guttenberg and Manuel Oliver and other emerging youth activists in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. The film documents their unfolding journey for nine defining months as they channel their anger into action and engage in an epic battle of wills with the gun lobby.
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CHERYL HORNER MCDONOUGH, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
CHERYL HORNER MCDONOUGH is 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. Cheryl 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.
In 2001 she founded Gigantic! Productions which has produced award-winning documentaries, unscripted series, and news specials for 17 years. Cheryl is the Producer of the documentary film BEAN, which took the prize for Best of Fest and Best Documentary Feature at 2017’s Big Apple Film Festival in New York, AmDocs in Palm Springs, and the First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia 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 Nat Geo series America INSIDE OUT, for which she received two Front Page awards.
BILL RICHMOND, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/PRODUCER
Bill Richmond is an Emmy Award and GLAAD Award-winning documentary producer, director, and cameraman specializing in issues affecting young adults. For over three decades, Bill has created dozens of documentaries addressing pro-social issues important to America’s youth, including the AIDS epidemic, poverty, same-sex marriage, and alcoholism. Bill’s work has appeared on MTV, VH1, Logo, CMT, NBC, Discovery, ComedyCentral, and the USA network.
LORI RAIMONDO, PRODUCER
LORI RAIMONDO is a producer specializing in documentary programming and pro-social initiatives. Lori’s work has appeared on MTV, NBC, and History.com. Her projects have addressed such issues as youth violence, childhood poverty, cancer, aging, and race relations. Prior to producing, Lori spent 15 years in television marketing with Viacom where she won cable television’s Beacon Award honoring her work with MTV’s Fight For Your Rights: Take A Stand Against Violence initiative.