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A film by Reed Van Dyk

2018 Oscar® nominated in the Short Live-Action category. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dekalbelementary

Genre(s): Drama

• Theme(s): Firearms / Mental illness

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  • Reed Van Dyk


    Reed Van Dyk is a Los Angeles based writer/director. His most recent film DEKALB ELEMENTARY won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival and a Special Jury Award in Acting at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The film will play festivals in Nashville, Quebec, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, and Ukraine in the coming months. Reed's first short film THE CONSERVATORY won a 1st Place Student Emmy Award ("Best Comedy") -- and his last film AMATEURCOUPLE premiered in front of Sundance hit OBVIOUS CHILD at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Reed has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from UCLA.


Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2017: Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival | International CompetitionGrand Jury Prize
  • 2017: SXSW | Narrative Shorts CompetitionSpecial Recognition in Acting
  • 2017: Festival Regard Special Jury Award
  • 2017: BAFTA Student Film Awards | Finalist for Live Action
  • 2017: Palm Springs International Shortfest Panavision Best North American Short
  • 2017: Melbourne International film festival
  • 2017: Hamptons International Film Festival HIFF Award for Best Narrative Short Film
  • 2017: Athens International Film Festival
  • 2017: Nashville Film Festival
  • 2017: Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival Best Editing
  • 2017: Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • 2017: Kyiv International Short Film Festival
  • 2017: Calgary International Film Festival
  • 2017: Annapolis Film Festival Best Narrative Short
  • 2017: Student Emmy Award Best Drama Nominee
  • 2017: DTLA Film Festival Best Short Film
  • 2017: Academy Awards | Short Film Short List
  • 2018: Academy Awards | Nominated in the Short Live-Action Category


Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.
2018 Oscar® nominated in the Short Live-Action category.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 20'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Country(ies) of production: United States
  • Original Language(s): English
  • Format(s) available: ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Del Hunter-White, Bob Mitchell, Tarra Riggs, Champagne Powell, Shinelle Azoroh
  • Screenplay: Reed Van Dyk
  • Cinematographer: Jon Peter
  • Editor: Reed Van Dyk
  • Producer: Reed Van Dyk, Cory Desrosiers, Christopher Leavins, Enrique Diaz, Morgan Peterson, Ricardo Ramirez