Jacksonville Shooting, Florida Hope Scholarship & FilmGate Miami

Aug 27, 2018

Three people are dead and many were injured at a shooting on Sunday afternoon during a video game tournament at a public marketplace in Jacksonville. The shooting took place at the Jacksonville Landing, and the shooter was 24-year-old David Katz. He killed himself and is the lone suspect in the tragedy. WJCT Reporter Lindsey Kilbride has been following the investigation and joined Sundial to talk about the latest updates.

The Florida Hope Scholarship is a voucher program that gives parents the option to move children to alternative private schools if they've been a victim of bullying. The program is funded by purchasers of motor vehicles who chose to contribute their vehicle sales tax to the private school scholarships. Some critics in the Legislature did not approve of the law because they felt many of the private schools that are part of the program weren't protecting LGBTQ victims of bullying. State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith is one of the most vocal scholarship critics and joined Sundial to talk about how the Hope Scholarship legislation could be updated. 

FilmGate Miami is a local non-profit focused on retaining South Florida filmmakers. The program hosts workshops, offers resources for directors and producers and hosts the “I’m Not Moving to L.A.” film screening event once a month. They have recently moved their screenings to Silverpoint Cinema Downtown. On Aug. 28, the event will debut a new web-series, “54:17,” by filmmaker Frantzy Moreau. The series dives into the issue of gun violence in minority communities. Moreau and FilmGate Executive Director Diliana Alexander joined us to discuss film opportunities in the Magic City.