With three of the combat medics profiled in the film in the audience, the student produced documentary film “MEDIC!” premiered Friday at Westminster High School generating applause and a few tears.
The documentary was created in cooperation with Congressman Ed Perlmutter as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The project preserves personal accounts of war veterans’ stories so that future generations will understand the realities of war and the sacrifices made by American service members.
“Their contributions will forever be remembered because of this unique masterpiece you have created,” said Congressman Perlmutter. “Your effort went above and beyond anything we ever expected.”
Westminster was the first high school Perlmutter ever approached to help with the project that he calls a high priority in his office. “We feel so grateful to have this kind of relationship with Westminster High School,” he said.
The film profiles five combat veterans who served their country during war and risked their own lives to help fellow soldiers, sailors and marines. The medics recount their times in the warzone and also share the challenges of returning to civilian life. For many, it has been a difficult transition.
The five medics profiled in the film are Joshua D. Agee, Angela Miller, Leon Rodriguez, Vance Silva and Susan Youngworth.
Westminster High School students conducted the research and did the interviews with the veterans. In all, 130 students were involved in the project.
Faculty members, Chris Williams, Colin Lee, Laura Seward, Michael Linert and Patrick Lee provided critical support.
“It was an honor to be a part of this project,” said Seward who helped students create the graphic designs for the film and the marketing posters and logos.
The film will be shown at the Library of Congress at a future date, but you can see it in its entirety at the WestyVCA You Tube Channel.
In addition, Williams and Congressman Perlmutter will appear on Channel 7’s “Politics Unplugged” weekly show at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday May 29th.
The project was also profiled in the Denver Post.