“What Haunts Us” documentary premieres for high school students
Image courtesy of What Haunts Us Film
By Crystal Duan
Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Santa Clarita students are invited to a free viewing of the documentary, “What Haunts Us,” about student suicide and a Q&A with the filmmakers on Saturday evening.

The film will be shown at the Global Prep Academy beginning at 6 p.m. The Q&A with the executive producers Matt Tolmach and Frank Marshall, and the director Paige Tolmach is set to begin at 7:15 p.m. after the film.

The screening, which will be first come first serve, will center around the suicides of seven former schoolmates in the same graduating class at Porter Gaud High School, which may be tied to the molestation and rape accusations of their teacher, Eddie Fischer, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to a release by Elzer and Associates, a local Santa Clarita strategic communications firm.

“This movie is important,” said publicist Steve Elzer. “We have had two examples of this kind of predatory behavior affect members of our community in just the past few years. This is designed to be a catalyst for dialogue about a critical issue that people would rather not talk about because it is too often perceived as taboo. In the case so eloquently detailed in the movie, silence is complicity and allows this kind of nightmare behavior to go unchecked for years with catastrophic results.”

Global Prep Academy is located at 23310 Cinema Dr #105.

About the author

Crystal Duan

Crystal Duan

Crystal Duan is the Signal's political reporter, covering City Council, the county and other happenings around the city. She graduated from the University of Missouri's journalism school and has worked at the Indianapolis Star and Minneapolis Star Tribune. She has been with the Signal since March 2018.

Image courtesy of What Haunts Us Film

“What Haunts Us” documentary premieres for high school students

Santa Clarita students are invited to a free viewing of the documentary, “What Haunts Us,” about student suicide and a Q&A with the filmmakers on Saturday evening.

The film will be shown at the Global Prep Academy beginning at 6 p.m. The Q&A with the executive producers Matt Tolmach and Frank Marshall, and the director Paige Tolmach is set to begin at 7:15 p.m. after the film.

The screening, which will be first come first serve, will center around the suicides of seven former schoolmates in the same graduating class at Porter Gaud High School, which may be tied to the molestation and rape accusations of their teacher, Eddie Fischer, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to a release by Elzer and Associates, a local Santa Clarita strategic communications firm.

“This movie is important,” said publicist Steve Elzer. “We have had two examples of this kind of predatory behavior affect members of our community in just the past few years. This is designed to be a catalyst for dialogue about a critical issue that people would rather not talk about because it is too often perceived as taboo. In the case so eloquently detailed in the movie, silence is complicity and allows this kind of nightmare behavior to go unchecked for years with catastrophic results.”

Global Prep Academy is located at 23310 Cinema Dr #105.

About the author

Crystal Duan

Crystal Duan

Crystal Duan is the Signal's political reporter, covering City Council, the county and other happenings around the city. She graduated from the University of Missouri's journalism school and has worked at the Indianapolis Star and Minneapolis Star Tribune. She has been with the Signal since March 2018.