Will You Hear Me Now?

"How many lives will it take until you listen?"
Watch this promo for a powerful new film featuring the WORDS and SONG of YOUNG VOICES raised to address gun violence in our nation's schools.

In the year 2020, gun violence became the number one killer of children in the US.

Come from students across the U.S. who are interviewed or make selfies about gun violence in schools. We used their words to compose an unforgettable, original song.

Will You Hear Me Now?

The Words

Protect us now!
All over the country, students demand legislative action on school shootings.

The Song is a one-of-a-kind choral performance written and sung by the fabulous Detroit Youth Choir, a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Season 14. In our next phase, other choirs and performers will add their voices to the message.

Will You Hear Me Now?

The Song

Will You Hear Me Now?

Our Support

America’s Got Talent (AGT) finalist Detroit Youth Choir
America’s Got Talent (AGT) finalist Detroit Youth Choir

All donations are used to defray the costs of production, editing, post-production and national distribution of this original video project.

WE BELIEVE SCHOOLS SHOULD BE SAFE HAVENS FOR ALL KIDS TO LEARN AND THRIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE.

We are a team of filmmakers, artists and musicians who are passionately committed to giving young people a voice to address gun violence in schools.

Will You Hear Me Now?

THE TEAM

Michael Finan is a three-time Emmy award-winning director/producer of corporate video, TV commercials, public service announcements and documentaries. He has thirty years of producing and directing experience, managing projects that include product and drug launches, sales and marketing, interactive/web based, personnel training, community affairs, and public relations programming. A father of two, Michael’s deep passion for children’s issues and child advocacy have driven many creative media projects, including this one.

Rick Weiss is an award-winning screenwriter with 35 years of experience scripting signature films, marketing content and tech-focused explainer videos for Fortune 100 firms. Rick has lent decades of services to NPOs, including several volunteer leadership positions, board membership and most recently, website design for the Big Picture Alliance, an organization that teaches digital storytelling skills to at-risk teens in their schools and community settings. As a dad and a writer, he has an avidity for projects that embrace literacy, safety and empowerment for young people (our future).

Jim Papoulis is a multi-talented, multi-genre composer who co-founded the Foundation for Small Voices, which was officially launched with its first Sounds of a Better World concert at Carnegie Hall in January 2000. Jim dedicates a significant portion of his time and talent to teaching songwriting workshops worldwide for FSV. His methodology involves inspiring and eliciting the voices of children by composing music with and for them, that they can share with the world. Jim is the inspiration behind and subject of an upcoming PBS documentary, Because of Music.

Martin Hara is a Multi-Emmy Award-winning broadcast design director and digital media producer with extensive experience in merging best practices in video production, digital design, and social media marketing. He is known for his elegant web designs and is a key advisor to nonprofits, creative principals, and clients who need to create lasting impact in an ever-increasingly busy mediasphere.

Will You Hear Me Now?

Our Team Members

Vijay Satyanarayana is a business and technology IT leader. Vijay joins this initiative as a concerned citizen and as a parent of 2 daughters. "This project is so important because it brings the voices of the children whose lives gun violence impacts to the forefront, but in a positive and creative way, rather than waiting for another tragedy having to occur,” Vijay says. “We need to maintain focus on this until more effective steps are taken to keep our younger generations safer."

The Young People featured in this film are survivors, influencers, and ordinary kids who contribute their voices and ask the audience Will You Hear Me Now? They are the most important members of all.

Will You Hear Me Now?

Our Partners

We are grateful to our partners and allies

who continue to lend their support and inspiration

to this unique project.

Will You Hear Me Now?

Next Steps

☐Phase 2

We are actively planning a longer form documentary, partnering with other media professionals and educators to produce professional safety and citizen engagement content for young people.

Will You Hear Me Now?

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