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A Message from Senator Richard Blumenthal

Ethan's Law is a Connecticut and National safe gun storage law that passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support.  The law was the result of a statewide effort that took place after Ethan Song, a 15-year-old Guilford teen, was accidentally shot and killed with an unsecured gun in a neighbor's home.

Ethan's parents, Mike and Kristin Song are now working on a national bill and education program that will save lives and protect kids.  Ethan's Law is a collaboration of state and national gun violence prevention (GVP) groups and advocates including


Netwown Action Alliance

CT Violence Intervention Program

Mothers United Against Violence

Swords to Plowshares

Yale-New Haven Hospital Gun Violence Prevent Program

CT Against Gun Violence

CT Law Enforcement

Moms Demand Action




Gun violence is now the leading cause of death in children.  In many cases, unsecured firearms lead to accidents, school shootings, and suicide.

What can we do about it? First, we can educate our children via a world-class learning experience.


Stand Up Speak Out LogoEmmy nominated composer and theatrical writer Jill Nesi formed Stand UP & Speak OUT to address critical issues impacting school children.  Jill's moving music is featured in the Ethan Song film. In addition, Jill has produced powerful learning experiences, musicals, and movies that can be performed in school to help reduce bullying, gun violence, substance abuse, and more.

Jill's moving music is featured in all three films - Ethan SongFinding Hope and Stand UP.  Additionally, Jill created The Vita 4 Healthy Lifestyle vignettes that appeared on CPTV and Atlanta Public Television, as well as many songs and jingles for local organizations.  Stand UP & Speak OUT is a partnered with the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors Equity, and Opportunity and has 501c3 status (Connecticut only).

To learn more about Stand UP & Speak OUT and any of our films contact Jill Nesi at  If you'd like to bring a Stand UP & Speak OUT event or film to your school, visit the Stand UP & Speak OUT website today.


Social EyesRobin Fox from Social Eyes has teamed up with the Songs to produce a ground-breaking new educational guide that schools can adopt to teach gun safety.

The innovative, highly interactive program consists of lessons that will help every child understand gun safety. In addition, each class has a focused plan designed to change behavior and prevent tragedy.

For more information on the school guide, please email Social Eyes at


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Old Neighborhood Films

The Ethan Song film is produced by Jill Nessi of Stand UP & Speak OUT and directed by Nick Rapuano and Old Neighborhood films.  Many film festivals have accepted the film and have already won the Social Awareness Award at the Block Island Film Festival in 2021. We're an award-winning, independent production company specializing in down-to-earth, relatable, and realistic films. Our stories focus on nostalgia and familial camaraderie, and in production, we value artistic collaboration above all.  For more info, email Nick Rapuano by clicking here.

Nick Rapuano

Nick Rapuano is the talented writer and director of Ethan Song.  Nick is known for his engaging and intense work on Route 80 (2018), Take Care of Emily (2019), and Roxieworld. Nick is also a talented singer and musician. For more info, email Nick Rapuano by clicking here.




We are just beginning to add cast members to this page—apologies to all those not yet featured.

Kailyn Toussaint

Kailyn Toussaint is a musical theater actress based out of Brooklyn, New York. She plays the role of Kristin Song in the film Ethan Song.  Originally from sunny Phoenix, Arizona, Kailyn began studying classical piano at age 9, where she fell in love with music and began singing soon after. Working in the theatre by age 11, Kailyn has over a decade of on-stage experience. She has trained classically around the country, studying Stanislavski and Meisner acting techniques- Kailyn has concentrated training in subjects such as Linklater, Shakespeare, Chekhov, and physical acting. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of Arizona. 

Kailyn was recently signed by The Talent Express and is thrilled to be joining their roster! Please get in touch with Evelyn Weiss Francisco for all booking inquiries.  Kailyn enjoys all things outdoors in her free time, practicing yoga, cuddling with her perfect cat Bella, and writing her weekly positive newsletter through The Donut Daily News. 

Alexis Lariviere

Alexis Lariviere is an 18-year-old award-winning actress and singer.  Throughout her career thus far, she has had the honor of sharing the stage and screen with Molly Ringwald, Meatloaf, Cheri Oteri, and Conchata Ferrel, to name a few.  She is beyond proud to be one of the original cast members of the grassroots organization, Stand Up and Speak Out.  In addition to her love for the arts, Alexis is also a powerful peer advocate for safety, health, and wellness.  When Alexis was 9 years old, she and her mother and brother were recognized for creating a hands-on therapeutic woodworking program called Healing Hope Chest, assisting those experiencing grief and loss.  As an ambassador for this social and emotional Musical Production Film Series, Alexis hopes to continue to spread awareness, educate those around her, and make a positive impact in the world.

Griffin Lariviere

Griffin Lariviere

Griffin is an aspiring young actor who made his debut film appearance with musician Laurie Berkner.  He is proud to be part of the Ethan Song film. When he is not in front of the camera, he can be found on the football field or jamming out in his drum set.


Andrew Rosenstein

Andrew Rosensten Actor

Andrew Rosenstein is an actor and director known for Empty Windows (2020), Sandstone, and Suspicions (2016).  He plays Mike Song, Ethan's dad, in the film Ethan Song.