Acclaimed 9/11 Documentary Released on DVD

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"Answering The Call," narrated by Kathleen Turner, chronicles the heroic efforts of Ground Zero’s 70,000 volunteers. This historical multi-media document is now available on DVD.

Released today: A new DVD documentary entitled "Answering The Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers," presents a unique opportunity to experience first hand the rescue and recovery operation at the Trade Center -- from the perspective of the rescuers and volunteers who served on the front lines at Ground Zero.

Directed by filmmaker and former firefighter, Lou Angeli, and narrated by famed actress Kathleen Turner," Answering The Call" captures the critical role the Ground Zero volunteers played in the massive rescue effort -- everyday people working together in an effort to save lives. Both Turner and Angeli served as volunteers at Ground Zero.

What many Americans do not know is the sheer size and magnitude of the rescue effort: More than 70,000 individuals from all over the nation and the world streamed to lower Manhattan in answer to New York City's call for help. "The film is most notable for its extensive interviews with many of the people who put their lives on the line," writes Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter. The images conjured are ones of courage, heroism, fearlessness, endurance -- in other words, the true human spirit.

While the documentary's timeline overlaps that of Oliver Stone's new film, "World Trade Center," (Paramount Films) "Answering The Call" is not a re-creation. Using never seen footage, it is a vivid, behind-the-scenes recollection, which transports the viewer further and deeper onto the disaster scene than any previous film.

"Answering The Call" was introduced this past year to select audiences amid excellent reviews. This important historical document is now available as a DVD for everyone to view and experience

"Our objective as we developed this film was to share the full extent of the volunteers’ anguish and dedication with the largest audience possible -- from home, classroom, church, fire house and office," said the film’s director, Lou Angeli.

The DVD is available through dozens of retail and online stores, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble. A cable-broadcast version of the film entitled "Everyday Heroes" is currently under development.

Lou Angeli spent 16 days working on the pile at the World Trade Center site immediately following the attacks. As a former firefighter, Ground Zero veteran and filmmaker, he is uniquely qualified to discuss this project, as well as Oliver Stone’s up-coming film, "World Trade Center," with members of the press. Screeners are available for interested reviewers. A Betacam clip reel of "Answering The Call " is available to interested broadcast news outlets.

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