DeKalb Elementary

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DeKalb Elementary
Directed byReed Van Dyk
Produced byCory Desrosiers
Enrique Rico Diaz
Christopher Leavins
Morgan Peterson
Ricardo Ramirez
Reed Van Dyk
Written byReed Van Dyk
  • Tarra Riggs
  • Bo Mitchell
CinematographyJon Peter
Edited byReed Van Dyk
Release date
2017 (USA)
Running time
21 minutes
CountryUnited States

DeKalb Elementary is an American live-action short film directed by Reed Van Dyk and starring Tarra Riggs and Bo Mitchell. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.[1]


Based on an actual 911 phone call, a gunman enters an Atlanta, Georgia elementary school and encounters a compassionate employee.[2]


  • Shinelle Azoroh as Lakisha
  • John Brockus as Detective Brooks
  • Deloris Crenshaw as Miss Thompson
  • Brie Eley as Miss Harris
  • Jason Fracaro as Officer Gomez
  • Sinora Glenn as Nurse Davis
  • Del Hunter-White as Dee
  • Lou Justice Johnson as Officer Jackson
  • Levystein Lockett as Officer Williams
  • Bo Mitchell as Steven Hall
  • Peyton Perrin as Darius
  • Lony'e Perrine as Miss Mitchell
  • Champagne Powell as Devon
  • Hansford Prince as Principal Flanagan
  • Tarra Riggs as Cassandra Rice
  • Tobie Windham as Agent Armel Parker


Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 83% based on 6 reviews, and an average rating of 7/10.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 23, 2018). "Oscar Nominations: 'The Shape Of Water' Leads Way With 13". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  2. ^ MyDlarama, Alba (February 8, 2017). "Breakfast with DeKalb Elementary". La brasserie du court. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "DeKalb Elementary (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved February 22, 2018.

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