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Nine Heroes

Copyright Date:
1969

Copyright Holder:
WGBH Educational Foundation and Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities

Artists:
Feldhaus-Weber, Mary
Hauser, Rick

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 52 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (25 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 52 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 52 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (ca. 52 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 52 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Background:
This was one of Mary Feldhaus-Weber's projects while she was at WGBH as a Rockefeller Artist-in-Television.

Scope:
Includes a 2" master, Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies. A 2" master that has not been reformatted contains two segments from the complete work.

This impressionistic documentary created by writer Mary Feldhaus-Weber and director Rick Hauser looks at nine individuals who received Carnegie Medals from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. This organization honors individuals who risk their lives to save others. Each hero is featured in a spot that includes interviews with family and friends and, in some cases, the recipient of the award. June Roberts tells how she saved a child from drowning. Joseph Arcaris, a lion tamer, describes how he saved a fellow tamer who was being attacked by lions. John McGeown, Jr., a young man of 17, describes rescuing a family from a car before it was destroyed by an oncoming train. Bridget Cahill, a teenaged girl, died saving her friend from being hit by a car, and her story is told through the words of her family, teachers, and the surviving friend. Leo Gauthier rescued a man through a Herculean display of strength during a raging fire. Anna Martuscelli and John Peter tell of saving drowning victims. Charles Melville Lewis recovered men whose boat had been overturned. The widow of Charles Joseph Dupuis tells how her husband was killed trying to save a woman from a wild horse, and tells of the subsequent loss of her father-in-law and son through selfless acts. The interviews were shot on location, with some staged footage. Key words and phrases from the interviews are repeated through the editing process.

Music is provided through performances of Salvation Army bands.



Director:
Hauser, Rick

Producers:
WGBH
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities

Editor:
Blau, Ron

Subjects:
Heroes
Life-saving


Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, The

Genres:
Documentaries and factual works
Interviews





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