Local Filmmakers Honor an Unsung Hero

Providence Monthly Magazine ·

Many superheroes made their way onto the big screen this summer, but on September 8, Rhode Island’s Verdi Productions will be sharing the story of a real-life hero with the documentary Man in Red Bandana.

Man in Red Bandana follows Welles Remy Crowther, who was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower on September 11 and reportedly saved the lives of many before he passed away that day.

Welles’ trademark red bandana, which he wore in his right back pocket, helped eyewitnesses identify him. Through footage and testimonials, the film examines the many individuals who have been inspired by Welles’ actions in the South Tower.

“Welles’ story is incredible,” says producer Chad Verdi. “What most people don’t know is that he always wanted to be a firefighter. He gave up his life for others.”

The film is the debut effort of writer and director Matthew Weiss, who first learned about Welles’ remarkable story from Welles’ father. Matthew teamed up with Chad and Joshua Sason as well as Gwyneth Paltrow, who narrates the film, and Lyle Lovett, who performs an original song on the soundtrack. The documentary was accepted into the Napa Valley Film Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, and won the International Humanitarian Award at the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. This month it will open throughout Rhode Island and in major cities across the country, including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

“Documentaries aren’t really in theatres, so this is a big deal,” says Chad. “If there was a gentleman who took off his suit and the Superman logo was branded underneath, it would be Welles.”

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