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Song of Parkland


"This is our begin-again."

Song of Parkland documents both of these stories, celebrating the renewing force of art-making. The film is available to watch on and HBO GO.

On February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld was rehearsing the school production of Sam and Marcus Stevens' musical Yo, Vikings! when a fire alarm went off, signaling that an active shooter had entered the school. Melody rushed 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 while 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.

DGA Award for Amy Schatz (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs)


2019 Emmy Nominee - Outstanding Children's Program

2019 Emmy Nominee - Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics ("Beautiful Things Can Grow" by students Ashley Paseltiner and Molly Reichard and composer Mark Sonnenblick

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