Song of Parkland

When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld heard the fire alarm on Feb. 14, 2018, she was with her students in rehearsals for their annual children’s musical. Moments later, a Code Red sounded. Herzfeld rushed her 65 students into a storage closet while a shooter killed 17 teachers and students nearby.

Filmed in the months following the shooting, while the Florida school community is grappling with the tragedy, Song of Parkland documents the dedication of teacher Melody Herzfeld and her theater students as they return to school and resolve to continue with their production.

“This is the most important show you’re going to do, ever,” she tells them. Coming together in a process that would ultimately lead to a moving performance at the Tony Awards, the kids find a new sense of passion and purpose, forging a path to healing for themselves and their community. As student Alex Athanasiou says, “We want to bring happiness back to the school again. We want to shine a light.”

As the drama class dives deep into rehearsals for the musical, Parkland students, including many in Herzfeld’s department, spark a nationwide movement to end gun violence. Song of Parkland captures the powerful voices of the young people who would inspire a nation. Directed and produced by Emmy-winner Amy Schatz, this affecting short film includes original songs written by the students about their experience, as well as scenes from rallies across the country as other young people, inspired by the Parkland activists, take to the streets to call for the creation of a safer world.