On August 15 MTV will premiere “True Life: We Are Orlando,” a special episode of the docuseries which follows survivors of the Orlando anti-LGBT shooting as they try to come to terms with the trauma they experienced in order to get their lives back on track. For the first time in the MTV “True Life” franchise’s 18 year history, viewers will meet the subjects and follow their stories as the docuseries is being filmed. Beginning Monday, July 25, MTV will release exclusive videos while production is still happening via MTV’s social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat Discover and tumblr.
As the news cycle moves on from Orlando, this first-of-its-kind format will give viewers the chance to meet heroes and survivors of the attack, hear what happened inside Pulse nightclub, support the entire Orlando community and never forget the innocent lives lost.
There will be more than a dozen digital shorts for “True Life: We Are Orlando” leading up to the August 15 premiere of the “True Life: We Are Orlando” TV episode. The digital clips will include exclusive footage of the subjects of the episode which will not be included in the final TV episode, as well as interviews and footage of other LGBTQ community members from Orlando who will not appear during the one-hour TV episode, but who were in Pulse during the attack or were impacted by the shooting. Sneak peeks of scenes from the TV episode will also be released. MTV will also release images and other Orlando related content on MTV’s Snapchat Discover and Instagram leading up to August 15. The digital and social content all build up to the TV premiere where viewers can see how the four individuals at the center of the stories they’ve been following plan to continue their roads toward recovery. Viewers will also be directed to a page on the MTV Elect This site to see how they can support the individuals in “True Life: We Are Orlando” and take action on gun reform.
The individuals included in the episode will be:
- Tony Marrero: Tony was shot four times during the attack, including once in the back. He faces a long road ahead as he heals from his physical wounds, but is finding it more challenging to accept the loss of his best friend Luis Vielma, who was killed in the attack, and also come to terms with the guilt he feels over being forced to leave an unknown club patron behind as he called for help while Tony crawled out of the club.
- Patience Carter & Tiara Parker: While on vacation from Philadelphia, Patience, Tiara and Tiara’s cousin Akyra headed to Pulse for a night out. The three young women hid in a bathroom during the attack where they were shot and trapped in the room with the shooter during his three hour standoff with the police. Patience and Tiara are now starting therapy to deal with the unspeakable actions that they witnessed and begin to move forward.
- Joshua McGill: During the attack, Joshua fled over the back wall of the club and hid behind a car where he heard a stranger crying out for help. The injured man was Rodney Sumter, a bartender at the club and father of two, who had been shot multiple times. Joshua crafted a tourniquet out of his shirt to stop the bleeding in both of Rodney’s arms. A police officer then instructed Josh to lie down in the back of his car with Rodney on top of him and squeeze his back to constrict the blood from a third wound as they drove to the hospital – where the two men were separated before Josh had a chance to learn Rodney’s fate.“True Life: We Are Orlando” clip 1:
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