Us Kids – Kim Snyder
There have been many mass school shootings in American history, but the teens at Stoneman Douglas High School took action nationally and politically. Documentary director Kim Snyder took the initiative to follow some of these Parkland teens on their quest to recover and to change after their tragedy in Us Kids.
Here’s the official synopsis:
From Kim A. Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Newton, comes an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reigns and fight for justice at a most critical time in our nation’s history. Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging their schools, Us Kids chronicles the March For Our Lives movement over the course of several years, following X Gonzalez, its co-founders, survivors, and a group of teenage activists as they pull of the largest youth protest in American history and set out across the country and globally to build an inclusive and unprecedented youth movement that addresses racial injustice, a growing public health crisis, and shocking a political system into change.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Kim Snyder on following these teen activists and survivors after the Parkland Shooting to the March For Our Lives and the aftermath. We talked about their activism, their openness, and being real for her camera.
Kim A. Snyder made her documentary debut in 2000 with I Remember Me, a biographical film on her struggles with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In 2008, she expanded her philanthropic efforts in working with the nonprofit BeCause Foundation to direct short films Alone No Love, One Bridge to the Next, and Crossing Midnight. Three years later, in cooperation with BeCause, she helmed Welcome to Shelbyville on the intersection of race and religion in America’s Heartland. Then with Newtown documentary, she followed the people’s lives most affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, which earned plenty of praise. Following that documentary, she followed up with School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Us Kids will be her third film tied to gun violence.
Us Kids releases in theaters and PVOD this Friday, May 14.
Watch the exclusive interview with Kim Snyder below. Let us know what you think.