Woodstock, NY – Parkland Rising, a documentary about the activism sparked by last year’s tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, won the award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival.
The film, which is executive produced by Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, premiered at the event last Friday (October 4).
“We’ve announced our Audience Award Winners!” the festival revealed via Twitter. “Best Feature Narrative goes to Run with the Hunted, Jon Swab’s first solo directed film; while Best Feature Documentary goes to Parkland Rising, Cheryl Horner McDonough’s impactful story of gun violence and activism. Congrats!”
We've announced our Audience Award Winners! Best Feature Narrative goes to "Run with the Hunted," Jon Swab's first solo directed film; while Best Feature Documentary goes to "Parkland Rising," Cheryl Horner McDonough's impactful story of gun violence and activism. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/p7ClkeMWQH
— Woodstock Film Fest (@woodstockfilm) October 7, 2019
On Monday (October 7), will.i.am reacted to the award win via Facebook.
“So proud that Parkland Rising won the Woodstock Film Festival #AudienceAward for Best Documentary Feature Film,” he wrote. “It was my honor to serve as an Exec Producer on this film along with Katie Couric, and director/producer Cheryl Horner McDonough and the crew at Gigantic! Productions to bring the untold story of the students and teachers who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL to the world.”
He added, “This is a must-see film, as is sensible #gunlawreform. #TheYoungPeopleWillWin’ March For Our Lives.”
Check out footage from the Parkland Rising screening at Woodstock below.