Parkland, Healing a Community and a Nation

Parkland, Healing a Nation and a Community, goes beyond the headlines to discover a resilient community’s journey towards restoration and recovery. Through activism and the arts, through public service and private memorials, the residents and students of Parkland and its surrounding neighborhoods band together, united by their scars – and by their mission to make the world a better place.

  • Linda Corley
  • Joel Kaplan
    West Encounters East, Fragility of Tradition,
  • Linda Corley
    Vizcaya, West Encounters East, The Sisterhood, Fragility of Tradition
  • Linda Corley
    Vizcaya, West Encounters, East, The Sisterhood, Fragility of Tradition
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  • Runtime:
    57 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Ojai Film Festival
    Ojai, CA
    United States
    November 1, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Selected - Feature Documentary
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale
    United States
    November 11, 2019
    Florida Premiere
    Winner of the Best Florida Documentary
  • IndieFEST
    United States
    November 2, 2019
    Award of Merit - Women Filmmakers
Distribution Information
  • APT Worldwide
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Paid TV
Director Biography - Linda Corley, Joel Kaplan

Linda Corley is a seven time Emmy award winning producer and writer who is well known for her storytelling in long form documentary. She started her career at the BBC and moved to PBS for over two decades where she worked on a variety of national series and documentaries including The Nightly Business report, Decor, Vizcaya, The Sisterhood, West Encounters East and Fragility of Tradition. Linda and Joel's production company, Daydream Productions most recently produced a documentary called, Parkland, Healing a Community and a Nation which was, according to Linda, "a love letter to Parkland." Linda is also the published author of The Kennedy Family Album.

Linda was a resident of Parkland, Florida for over 20 years. Her two adult children attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Joel Kaplan is the ultimate storyteller with his camera. His images, interviews, and intuition are all creative tools he engages to deliver a product that goes far beyond the ordinary. He believes it is the human element that communicates the heart and soul of every narrative. Mr. Kaplan shines as a director of photography on many national documentaries for PBS, including West Encounters East, Fragility of Tradition, the New American Crucible and most recently, Parkland, Healing a Community and a Nation. His work ventures beyond public television to include clients such as National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Hallmark Channel, VH-1, MTV, ABC sports, CNBC, TNN and the Travel Channel. Mr. Kaplan, co-owner of Daydream Productions, is the recipient of ten Emmy Awards and was recently awarded the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award.

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Director Statement

There are many filmmakers who cast their lenses on the tragedy in Parkland. These documentarians who descended from around the country covered the sorrow, strife and politics that surrounded the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. As a longtime filmmaker living in Parkland and a Parkland mom whose children went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, I decided not to concentrate on the sadness of the event but rather on the hopefulness my partner Joel Kaplan and I found in the people who lived and went to school here. We committed a year of our career to go behind the headlines and follow this resilient community's journey towards restoration and recovery. We were inspired everyday as we witnessed the tenacity, strength and kindness of this irrepressible community. As one survivor told us when asked about his optimism in the face of immense sadness, "remember, there is always rain before rainbows."