MVA Student Appears on News 6 to Discuss Her Short Film Dear America
Student filmmaker, Molly Smith, was invited to appear on News 6 to take part in the station’s all-day special coverage of Guns, Rights & Safety. No generation has ever dealt with gun violence like Generation Z and Molly, a Montverde Academy junior, felt compelled to take on this topic. She wrote and co-directed with another student filmmaker, Sage Croft from Windermere High School, and a group of passionate students, a short film titled, “Dear America.” The film is a moving depiction of how students manage and cope with the after-effects of gun violence. It is also a call for politicians and leaders to take action that ends gun violence.
The film was initially released in November 2018 via social media where it gained some traction. News 6 in Orlando was focusing on the topic with a day-long focus on gun-related issues and contacted Molly about her film. Reporter Nadeen Yanes visited the MVA campus to interview Molly and Sage about the film and that interview aired today, February 11. Nadeen was so impressed with the way the interview went that Molly and Sage were invited to appear live to discuss the film as well as gun violence.
“We had a great time interviewing with Channel 6 News,” said Molly. “They asked about how I came up with the idea, and how we got so many students involved. We talked a lot about how we can spark positive conversations among families about how students feel about this issue.”
Congratulations to Molly on her film and appearance on News 6! She did an amazing job representing MVA and using her voice to shine light on an issue that is important to her.