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Your weekend: Officers remembered

Submitted by on 1, May 14, 2009 – 6:00 amNo Comment

levelzerobanner530x225Ted Setla was working on a little film project about Alameda County’s paramedics when 3/21 happened. That was the day that four Oakland police officers were gunned down in the aftermath of a routine traffic stop.

“It shook the whole county,” Setla said.

As a paramedic, Setla had worked calls with all four. And he wanted to do something to help their families out. So Setla and the folks at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex decided to use the premiere as a fundraiser for the families of the officers.

The event, “Officers Remembered,” is from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, May 18 – the beginning of National EMS Week – at the theater, which is at 2317 Central Avenue. Tickets are $30, and are available on the theater’s website or at their box office.

The ticket buys you admission to the 25-minute film, “Level Zero,” plus a chili and cornbread dinner cooked by the folks at Pit Stop BBQ in Livermore and served by local firefighters, wine (from Rosenblum) and beer (from Burgermeister), and musical entertainment from guitarist Chris Ahlman and Conscious Souls, the band of paramedics and firefighters from the Alameda County Fire Department who performed the music for the film.

Setla, who will answer audience questions after the film, said he wanted to show “the real people out on the streets” who are providing emergency service – people who aren’t always featured in movies and television shows on the subject. As a paramedic himself in Alameda County, which he said is private audience company AMR’s busiest system in the U.S., he got access others don’t.

After the premiere, Setla’s film will be shown in locations around the country. And he’s hoping to do additional films, including a feature-length film, in the future.

More information on Setla’s work is here.

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