SARASOTA - KT Curran’s film, Surviving Lunch covers topics like bullying, mental illness, and gun violence. Topics on America’s collective mind, due to recent mass shootings.

“After the horrific events of these past few weeks in American we see that the problem unfortunately is only growing worse,” said Curran.

The film looks at the harsh reality of being a teenager in America today. Living in an age of bullying, gun violence and active shooter drills. Curran says her film leaves audiences in tears, but often appears to be a starting point for discussions between teens and parents.

"I think the talk back after the film is vital, were families can talk or teachers can talk with students because they recognize every element in fact they’re seeing it at their schools,” she said.

According to data from the non-profit Gun Violence Archive as of August 5th there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S., Curran says her film serves up potential warning signs.

"Rather than glorify gun violence these are curriculum based films, they’re not just for entertainment and sensationalism they’re based on research on the various aspects of bullying and also solutions,” said Curran.

Curran hopes her film continues to spark discussions in the community about the gun violence plaguing the nation and for there to be something done in time to prevent the next mass shooting. 

The film Surviving Lunch will be screened in Sarasota on August 24th  at 6 p.m. at the Sarasota Film Festival’s Cinematheque at 500 Tallevast Rd. #105, Sarasota, FL 34243 and on September 22nd hosted by The Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life at 4 p.m. on 582 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota.