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RDZ Productions, LLC announced today that it has teamed up with Verdi Productions and Manga Entertainment on the documentary, Man in Red Bandana.

The film is written and directed by Matthew J. Weiss with Chad A. Verdi and Joshua Sason signed on as producers. Gwyneth Paltrow is set to narrate, with Michelle Verdi exec-producing and Lyle Lovett performing an original song.

Man in Red Bandana tells the incredible story of Welles Crowther, a 24-year old civilian who gave his life saving others in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.  His heroics included carrying a woman on his shoulder down 17 flights of stairs.  His bravery and courage only came to light eight months later due to an ordinary object ...  a red bandana.  Through interviews, archive footage, re-creations and animation, the film depicts Welles' story in an engaging and educational manner.  The ending depicts the diverse ways that Welles is honored throughout the United States leading to the revelation of a secret about Welles that can only be described as beautifully inspirational.

Verdi stated, "This is a story that must be told and is for the world to see. My wife Michelle and I currently have four other projects on the books for 2017 but this is now first in line. It's way too important of a story to sit any longer. Verdi added, “We plan to pitch the story while in Toronto this weekend attending the Canadian premier of our passion project, Bleed for This. We expect a release date in early 2017."

Joshua Sason stated, "As a lifelong New Yorker, there is no single day of my life that brings back more emotion and vivid memories than September 11, 2001. Amidst the chaos, dread and sadness, there existed saint-like beings that put others before themselves. Welles' story and how it has achieved folklore-like status throughout the United States is one of hope and selflessness that instills faith in the human spirit. I'm truly proud to be a part of this incredible project and to help deliver this inspirational story to viewers."

Matthew J. Weiss said, "One of the greatest honors of my life is telling Welles' inspirational story.  He was such an extraordinary individual who has touched so many throughout the United States.  The film is unique because, despite being a tearjerker, the ending is uplifting.  You learn of the widespread and diverse legacy that Welles created, all of which sets up the revelation of a secret about Welles that can only be described as perfect.  Viewers will be glad that they took this amazing and cathartic journey."

Verdi and Sason will donate all net profits to Welles Remy Crowther Trust http://www.crowthertrust.org/

Man in Red Bandana on IMDB


Verdi Productions www.verdifilms.com

Verdi Productions is a fully-funded film production company located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with additional satellite offices in Edgartown, Massachusetts, New York City and Los Angeles. The company pursues all aspects of filmmaking - carrying projects from concept through postproduction.

Verdi Productions is redefining how films are made on the East Coast. Unlike other film productions that come to the Northeast, Verdi is establishing itself as a fixture in the Rhode Island community. Verdi Productions does not operate on a project-to-project basis, but instead functions like a west coast studio, with established offices, full time employees, and a continuous stream of product.

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Chad A. Verdi, Award Winning Producer at IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3838148/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1


Chad A. Verdi – Producer of Bleed for This, Silence

President, Verdi Productions

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And Our Film's Narrator Is ...

Major announcement! Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the narrator of "Man In Red Bandana", the first time that she has ever narrated a documentary! She read the script and, like many of you, was touched, gripped and inspired by Welles' story.

She was extremely gracious and generous, and did an awesome job! Her read provides balance and softness to a difficult topic, and our whole team is very appreciative of her participation.

Limited theatrical release expected September, 2016. Details to follow.


Cable Network To Create The Red Bandanna Award


Very exciting news!! Discovery’s American Heroes Channel (AHC) and the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust have announced a partnership to create the Red Bandanna Hero Award, honoring bold men and women who have distinguished themselves by their courageous, selfless, and often life-saving actions.

AHC will film a public service announcement with the Crowther family in late 2014 to announce the award both on air and online, and will kick off the award-entry process in 2015.

NY Times Reporter Interviewed For Film


A big thanks to NY Times journalist Eric Lipton who sat for an interview today for “Man In Red Bandana”. Eric was one of five journalists who wrote the May 26, 2002 article entitled “Fighting to Live as the Towers Died”. Eric was responsible for collecting data and conducting interviews regarding the 78th Floor of the South Tower. His research allowed Alison Crowther to determine what her son did during the last hour of his life, his finest hour.

Lyle Lovett Records Song For “Man In Red Bandana”

Super talented Lyle Lovett recorded a song about Welles entitled “One Red Bandana” and graciously granted us permission to use it in our film. We couldn’t have done this without the help of Kevin McKiernan and his team at Creative License.

This original song was written by Nashville recording artist Stive Linek following 9/11. Stive wrote and sent it to the Crowthers in an effort to ease the pain of their loss. Lyle and his band have put together a terrific arrangement of this special song and we cannot say enough nice things about him.


Below are the lyrics to “One Red Banana”.

One red bandana and an eight year old smile
He got them from his daddy and he kept them all his life
Adventurous and eager a top athlete in high school
Nineteen was his number a real player win or lose
Like a fearless leader he fought for his team to win
Got knocked down but he got right back up again

He followed the lead of his mom and dad
Don’t ever surrender give all that you have
His heart believed in what he saw in their eyes
Have no fear and follow me

On a New York Tuesday morning under clear September skies
The World Trade Towers were burning
Their were victims trapped inside
At the scene was the young man and he wore upon his face
That one red bandana to defy the smoking blaze
Up Fifteen flights he went with the danger closing in
Brought down the helpless and went right back up again


With one red bandana and that eight year old smile
The many lives he saved when he walked his last mile

He followed the lead of the great men before him
Caught in the gust of their second wind
His heart conceived when he heard an angel reply
Have no fear and follow me.