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Film About 9/11 Hero In Red Bandana To Make Connecticut Debut In Danbury

Welles Crowther
Welles Crowther Photo Credit: File

DANBURY Conn. — A moving documentary about a man in a red bandana who saved 10 people's lives on Sept. 11 before the Twin Towers collapsed is set to make its Connecticut premiere in Danbury.

"The Man In The Red Bandana," narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by Matthew J. Weiss, will be screened at The Palace Danbury at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Tickets are $15, and the Palace is expecting a sellout.

Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader from Nyack, N.Y., was working on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower when it was hit by United Flight 175 at 9:03 a.m. Sept. 11.

Amid the smoke and chaos, he somehow found an escape route past the inferno below, and made three roundtrips up and down the stairs, carrying and leading survivors to safety.

Tragically, he died that day but his heroics became known eight months later as a result of an ordinary item: a red bandana.

In 2014, President Barack Obama recalled Crowther's story at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

"A young man, in his 20s, strong, emerged from the smoke and, over his nose and his mouth, he wore a red handkerchief," Obama said. "He led those survivors down the stairs to safety and carried a woman on his shoulders down 17 flights, and then he went back, back up all those flights, then back down again, bringing more wounded to safety, until that moment when the tower fell."

The film re-traces Welles’ courageous actions that day, and examines the many people who have been inspired by Welles’ actions and the unique ways in which they have honored him.

A portion of the profits from the film will be donated to the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust .

Welles Crowther's parents will be attending the screening in Danbury.

For more information, call the Box Office at 203-794-9944 or click here

For more information on the documentary, click here .

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