‘Class of COVID-19: A Documentary Film’ particulars influence of pandemic on lecturers, students

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The “Class of COVID-19”: A Documentary Film is a short movie hoping to make a lasting impact.

Donna Davis, a professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Jon Brick, an independent film director and editor teamed up in March 2020 to start the project.

“Basically people have been doing it like a diary, people have been kind of like, not solely doing the interviews we had however they had been doing personal diaries through their cell telephones and what it was like, a day within the life for every certainly one of these characters,” Brick stated.

The two conducted over 200 hours of interviews, narrowing it down to 12 characters in a one hour and fifteen minute film, detailing what it’s been like for teachers and college students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s not only a headline that children are struggling, they bear their souls to us and we’re honored that they did that and that they trusted us with their stories,” Davis mentioned.

The matter of the documentary fluctuated because the pandemic changed every day.

“The story started telling itself with all the occasions that had been unfolding, that the characters advanced by way of the documentary,” Brick said.

Davis told KSHB 41 News that her hope is the documentary will serve as a time capsule.

“In 50 years, after they look back at this time, we actually need this film to be sort of a time capsule of just like what it meant to go to highschool and to be a instructor and to be coping with such an unimaginable problem,” Davis said.

While the trailer for the documentary is complete, a screening has not been scheduled.

Davis said the goal was to host a screening this month, but because of rising instances of COVID-19, it has been postponed.

Brick told KSHB 41 News the movie might be entered into a number of festivals.

In the future, Davis and Brick will provide updates a couple of potential screening by way of the film’s social media sites.

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