Song of Parkland
When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld heard the fire alarm on February 14, 2018, she was rehearsing the school production of Yo, Vikings! with her students. An active shooter entered the school in Parkland, Florida, and Melody rushed her 65 students into a closet while the shooter took seventeen lives. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Melody and the students resolved to continue with their production; meanwhile, Sam co-founded and produced the Stoneman Douglas Songwriting Initiative, pairing survivors of the tragedy with musical theater composers to collaborate on songs and express their traumas and hopes through music.
Song of Parkland is a documentary about both of these stories and the renewing force of art-making. The film premiered on HBO on February 7th, 2019, and received two Emmy nominations (Outstanding Children's Program and
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Beautiful Things Can Grow" by students Ashley Paseltiner and Molly Reichard
and composer Mark Sonnenblick) and a DGA Award for Amy Schatz (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs). The film is available to watch on HBO.com and HBO GO.
"This is our begin-again." ~ Melody Herzfeld.