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Boomerang Productions Media’s Tim Warren and Kelli Joan Bennett and director Vicki Abeles have joined forces for a grassroots screening campaign on behalf of Warren and Bennett’s documentary “High School 9-1-1.”
Directed by Warren, “High School 9-1-1” depicts a year with Darien EMS-Post 53 — the only emergency medical ambulance service for the 20,000 residents of Darien, Conn. — as it covers a deadly stretch of highway, responds to over 1,500 emergency calls, and is run by high school teenagers.
Adopting the approach begun with “Race to Nowhere,” Boomerang and Abeles will implement a community and school screening campaign for the film launching in June. The screening events — in schools, churches and community centers across the U.S. and abroad — will be specifically designed to highlight the vast potential of young people and how they can be utilized to fulfill vital needs within any community.
“High School 9-1-1” grew out of Warren’s personal experience as a member of Darien EMS-Post 53, serving as an EMT and emergency ambulance driver at the age of 16 as well as the organization’s VP of Operations his senior year in high school.
“When I first saw ‘High School 9-1-1,’ I was moved by the capability and work ethic of the kids running Post 53, and by the trust given them by their school, families, and greater community,” Abeles said. “‘High School 9-1-1’ tells the story of what’s possible when we give students opportunities to do real, meaningful and collaborative work in their communities.
High School 9-1-1: World premiere movie at Heartland Film Festival
High School 9-1-1 Official Poster
Christopher Calahan responds to an MVA on I-95
Cecillia Lee taking her rider training test.
Christopher Calahan and Melissa Michaels deliver a patient to Norwalk Hospital
Christopher Calahan giving an IV at Norwalk Hospital.
Christopher Calahan washing the ambulance.
Sarah Streeter, Christopher Calahan and Kate Kevorkian during an officers meeting.
Christopher Calahan at Post 53 Headquarters.
Camera Operator Jonathan Berman films Christopher Calahan and James Connely delivery a patient to Norwalk Hospital.
Spencer Matson and Sarah Streeter about to go on a call.
Ines Castro doing ride alongs with Norwalk Paramedics at Norwalk Hospital.
Meredith Koch drives the ambulance to a call.
Meredith Koch practices giving an IV in EMT-I class
Ines Castro in EMT class.
Post 53 members cleaning the ambulances.
Sarah Streeter practicing IVs in EMT-I class.
Christopher Calahan doing ambulance check out.
Meredith Koch, Megan Vitti, Ushashi Basu, Cecillia Lee and Sarah Mcgowan
Graham Mackenzie, Andrew Glick, Ushashi Basu, Cecillia Lee and camera operator Jen Gsell on a call.
Post 53 headquarters
Director Tim Warren gets the shot. Yes, the pavement was hot.
Tim Warren films freshman, Cecillia Lee
Junior, Martin Hannon's, Interview
Sophomore, Ines Castro's, Interview
Tim Warren films EMT Instructor and Adult Advisor, Marilyn Vojta.
Tim Warren conducts an interview with Darien Police Chief, Duane Lovello.
Tim Warren films EMT evaluator, Dan Connell.
Tim Warren, here in 1985, goes through CPR training with fellow members of Darien EMS - Post 53.
Darien EMS - Post 53 elected officers 1984-1985. Left to Right. Treasurer-Frank Melbourne, President-Rob Clark, VP Programming-Jill Correnty, VP Operations-Tim Warren, Secretary-Mary Dostal, VP Training-Matt Collins.
Director Tim Warren at the 2013 DGA Awards
Director Tim Warren was a member of Darien EMS - Post 53 from 1982-1985
Tim Warren Yesterday and Today