Student Projects

Beyond the Crossfire Documentary

Authors: Matt Simon, Nuvia Ruland

Grade: 9th

Subjects: Humanities, Multimedia

Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo
Beyond the Crossfire project photo

Project Details

What can we do to dramatically reduce the amount of gun violence in our country?

Gun violence is an issue that matters to our school community because we lost a student to an incident of gun violence in 2011. Sean Fuchs was a musician, a poet, and a kind and loving son who was taken from his mother and his friends too soon. We are dedicating Beyond the Crossfire to Sean’s memory, to his younger brother Kyle’s memory and to their mom, Maria.

BEYOND THE CROSSFIRE WILL NOT FOCUS on gun rights versus gun control because that issue tends to divide people, and we are determined to bring people together. In addition, documentaries about the 2nd Amendment have been done before, and we are striving to produce something original.

Instead, BEYOND THE CROSSFIRE WILL FOCUS on common sense reforms to our country’s mental health care system, including how to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, as well as the power of innovative investments in communities overwhelmed by gun violence, including investments in mentorship programs, meaningful internships for high school students, after-school programs with an eye towards career readiness and summer programs with a focus on developing the type of self-control and optimism needed to secure a brighter future for young people who might otherwise be drawn into the chaos.

MEDIA ARTS CENTER OF SAN DIEGO has connected us with local filmmakers (thank you Jesse Keller!) who are already donating their talent and time to teach us the skills we’ll need to produce an entertaining documentary.

QUIET COMPANY, an incredible band out of Austin, Texas, has not only expressed admiration for what we are trying to do, they have generously agreed to let us use their music on our Kickstarter and our film’s soundtrack.