High School 911 (2016)
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This film shows the potential teens or "young adults" have if they are given the opportunity. People can do amazing things and these young adults help prove this.
The amount of time, effort, and skill put into the making of this film is outstanding from talking to Producer Kelli Bennett at the Kansas City Film Festival.
This is truly a must watch documentary that anyone can enjoy!
Real 9-1-1 calls are shown--everything from an intoxicated person to a cardiac arrest. The high school students handle everything with skill and poise, providing a critical service for their town.
I highly recommend this unique film.
This is really sort of a miracle that this exists. I'm glowing, I think. I knew it was going to be great when early on they interviewed the elderly founder of the post, who put so much of everything in context. Apparently, the history of the EMS responder program didn't start until after the Vietnam War? Who knew that? Not me. This particular EMS post started at the same time.
This is a film that simply needs to be seen. Especially by high school students.
The only complaints I have are in the production value. The music choices and the camera quality are quite low. It doesn't feel like a feature film half the time. The ride along scenes seem like an episode of COPs from the 1980's. I really hope that they are able to invest in a few little tweaks to the soundtrack before it gets a wider release, otherwise it will be relegated to a ghetto. It will probably get picked up in the back catalog of Amazon Prime or some other lower end streaming service. It's a shame. With a few minor improvements to the production value, this could be a real viral hit on Netflix or maybe one of the Cable channels like Spike or FX or A&E. Anyway, it is a really admirable and honorable thing these kids are doing. We should definitely be giving it a chance. I give it my highest unreserved recommendation. Thank you for the privilege.
The way the stories are interwoven - the history of the program, the teens' sacrifices, their families and day-to-day lives, finding a balance, emergency calls - keep you fully and deeply engaged, and rooting for them all. The subject matter itself is fascinating and inspiring, and the steady message - that hard work and purpose are its own reward - are some of the greatest tools we can give our younger generations to succeed in life. Relatable, honest, and makes me want to campaign for this program in every city. Excellent work!