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DeKalb Elementary (2017)

Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.


Reed Van Dyk


Reed Van Dyk

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Shinelle Azoroh ... Lakisha
John Brockus ... Detective Brooks
Michael Brown Michael Brown ... Arresting Officer
Chuck Cobb Chuck Cobb ... Arresting Officer
Deloris Crenshaw Deloris Crenshaw ... Miss Thompson
Khairi Davis Khairi Davis ... School Child
Mylika Davis Mylika Davis ... Mother
Shawn Davis Shawn Davis ... Playground Monitor
Chris Del Rio Chris Del Rio ... Arresting Officer
Anthony D'Cody Edwards Anthony D'Cody Edwards ... School Child
Brie Eley ... Miss Harris
Jason Fracaro ... Officer Gomez
Sinora Glenn Sinora Glenn ... Nurse Davis
Kennedy Hall ... School Child
Madison Harris Henry Madison Harris Henry ... School Child


Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Release Date:

11 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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DeKalb Elementary See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Riveting throughout....
12 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This year's batch of Oscar nominated live action shorts is exceptionally strong. Because of this, it's hard to say who the odds on favorite should be for award, though I think "DeKalb Elementary" would not be a bad choice.

The story is very simple. A young, troubled man walks into the office of an elementary school and whips out an AK (I am no expert and can't tell if it's an AK-47 or one of the later models). He fires a few shots but inexplicably does NOT go off on a murderous rampage. What follows is a troubling story about the 'death by cop' phenomenon as well as the incredibly brave woman who helped to de-escalate this awful situation. And, it's apparently based on a real story.

Why did I love this story so much? Well, there were two reasons. First, it was not yet another film about a gun massacre...there's more to it than that. Second, and more importantly, the acting was shockingly good...which also says a lot about the direction of "DeKalb Elementary". I would sure love to see more from these folks.

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