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The Inspiration Behind Oscar-Nominated Short Film ‘DeKalb Elementary’

Writer-director Reed van Dyk’s 20-minute film “DeKalb Elementary” just earned Hollywood’s highest possible distinction: an Academy Award nomination for live-action short film. A 2017 MFA graduate of the University of California Los Angeles’ film school, van Dyk has been steadily gaining experience both on the stage and behind the camera. “DeKalb Elementary,” about a troubled gunman and the school secretary he takes hostage, was conceived at UCLA, eventually winning special honors at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival as well as SXSW.
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