LOS ANGELES — The Oscar-nominated live-action short “DeKalb Elementary” seems more relevant than ever following the recent events in Parkland, Florida.
Writer and director Reed Van Dyk based his film on a 911 call from a 2013 incident in Atlanta where an elementary school’s bookkeeper talked an armed 20-year-old into laying down his weapon and surrendering.
Van Dyk made the 21-minute film for his UCLA pre-thesis with the help of a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation. The foundation hosted a screening and Q&A event Wednesday at the SoHo House in Los Angeles, just a few days before Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Van Dyk told the well-heeled crowd that he isn’t trying to deliver a specific message. He says he wants the film to raise questions.