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Synopsis: A courageous teenage girl named Gabriella moves to Florida from the Bronx after a school shooting tears her life apart. As Gabriella struggles to overcome her grief, she sees a boy being bullied in the lunchroom and begins a dangerous quest to stop the meanest boy in school.


Social Issues





Run Time

75 minutes


Parker Padgett (Robert)
Avery Arendes (Gabriella)
Clayton Royal Johnson (Danny)
Cooper Flerlage (Conner)
Kaycie Lee (Lacey)
Francesca Phillips (Shauna)

Directed by

KT Curran

Produced by

Jerry Chambless
Roger Sandt


Natasha Thornton

Prod. Company

SOURCE PRODUCTIONS - survivinglunch.com

Director's Statement

As writer and director, I made this film because I am horrified and saddened by the ever increasing amount of bullying, exclusion, and gun violence in America’s schools. We had just begun casting SURVIVING LUNCH when the school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida occurred. Unfortunately, the film continues to be timely, as America is faced with mass shootings that continue unabated.

Director's Bio

KT Curran is an award-winning playwright, filmmaker and educator with numerous internationally published films and plays that have inspired millions across the
world. She is the Founder and Director of Wingspan Productions, a nonprofit film company that creates powerful and innovative films for social change.
Winner of Best Feature Film at Lady Filmmaker’s Film Festival in Los Angeles, Best Feature Film at the Fort Myers Film Festival, Most Inspirational Film at the Orlando Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Sarasota Film Festival, along with Sarasota Magazine’s 2020 Unity Award for creating initiatives that unify and unite the community, and recipient of the 2019 Women in Power Award by the National Council of Jewish Women, KT has worked extensively as a playwright, educator, director, educational curriculum developer, consultant for the public schools, and national consultant on educational theatre and film.
KT’s work has received national prominence and been featured in film festivals across the US, Canada, France, and Russia, as well as on television and the internet.


Sarasota Film Festival - United States - 2018

Audience Award for Best Feature (Surviving Lunch)


Fort Myers Film Festival - United States - 2018

Best Feature

Lady Filmmaker's Film Festival - United States - 2018

Women Illuminate - Best Feature

Orlando Film Festival - United States - 2018

Most Inspirational Film

Lady Filmmaker's Film Festival - United States - 2018

Best Youth Actor - Cooper Flerlage

Official selection

Commfest Global Film Festival - Canada - 2018

Sakhalen International Film Festival - Russia - 2019

Artemis Film Festival - United States - 2018

Red Rose Film Festival - United States - 2018

Buffalo International Film Festival - United States - 2018

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