Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers
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Civil War, Documentary Short
Release date:
May 23, 2015
0 hours 56 minutes
Allan Smith
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Rescue Men is the story of seven African Americans  who were recruited to man a lifesaving station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina following the civil war. These men manned the only all black station in the history of the life saving service and led the most rescues and the most heroic rescues that culminated in the formation of what we now know as the United States Coast Guard


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About the Filmmaker

Allan R. Smith

Born and raised in Hollywood, California, Allan has been in the heart of the film industry for over 30 years. Beginning at age 6 performing in Armor Hot dogs commercials, to appearances in the feature film’s “Chinatown”, “The day of the Locust”, “They Only Kill Their Masters” to television appearances in “The Brady Bunch”, “Gunsmoke”, “Barbury Coast”, “Canon”, “Medical Center” and many more. This experience has led to a career of producing and hosting television programs such as “The Alaskan Experience”, “Carolina Road Trips”, “Cruising the World” and more.

His most recent film “RESCUE MEN – The Story of the Pea Island Life-Savers” has won 9 industry awards and has led the naming of a new Coast Guard Cutter, The Richard Etheridge.
The owner of DreamQuest Productions an award winning full service production company, Allan was instrumental in the early adoption of new media and content distribution. He currently works with several companies on their social Media campaigns and digital content distribution.

He is an accomplished adventurer and has filmed
on Mt. Everest and the jungles of Borneo. The only person to have retrace the footsteps of the “Lost 49er’s” from Cedar City, Utah to Death Valley, California, on foot and a feat that was accomplished in the dead of winter for over 300 miles.

Allan is the Past- President of the Los Angeles Adventurers’ Club and member of the Explorers Club. He is a Medal of Valor recipient from the California Highway Patrol and Governor of the State of California. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the International Documentary Association and the Producers Guild of America.


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