#VEGASSTRONG

Out of the worst mass shooting in the United States, the stories of heroism and bravery of the first responders of Las Vegas display the sacrifice of those who take the oath to protect, as well as show how an entire city grieves and heals from tragedy. There are people who will naturally be drawn to help those who can’t. That’s brave. That’s a first responder.

  • Gabriel Hafter
    Director
  • Tobin Herringshaw
    Director
  • Kennedi Templeton
    Director
  • Ore Inbar
    Director
  • Kennedi Templeton
    Writer
  • Tobin Herringshaw
    Producer
  • Gabriel Hafter
    Producer
  • Ore Inbar
    Producer
  • Kennedi Templeton
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 24, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Gabriel Hafter, Tobin Herringshaw, Kennedi Templeton, Ore Inbar

Tobin Herringshaw is a teacher, photographer and filmmaker who teaches high school students filmmaking, photography, animation and design. An Adobe Education Leader, he is skilled at developing integrated curriculum spanning arts and technology. His filmmaking work was featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the American Heart Association, and his short film, After, won best short in the Nevada Film Festival. Tobin recently mentored a student in his short documentary production of the Halt the Salt, which won best Nevada filmmaker in the 2018 Dam Short Film Festival, and more importantly, helped change environmental policy on a popular mountain attraction outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kennedi Templeton is a junior at the University of Southern California, where she is majoring in Real Estate Development. She has been riding horses since she was 5 years old and competes competitively in dressage. In 2018, her team placed 4th and she placed 11th individually at the FEI North American Youth Championships. She is currently competing in the FEI Young Rider division with her horse, Shah.

Gabriel Hafter is a sophomore at the Honors College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a result of his passion for filmmaking and editing, he is majoring in a career in film production. Besides working on the documentary, Gabriel has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a craniofacial birth defect. He has used this to create a platform to teach elementary and middle school students about the importance of choosing kindness and anti-bullying for the last 7 years.

Ore Inbar is a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. With focuses such as Psychology and Philosophy, Ore hopes to gain a better understanding regarding human nature and the qualities that differentiate all people. With heavy focus on Basketball all throughout High School, Ore was blessed with an opportunity to play Basketball all around the country while representing Las Vegas. He also founded his own private-business in which he customizes shoes and accessories for people by hand. Besides being a full time student and working on the documentary, Ore has his Real Estate License and is setting off to embark on his next journey.

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Director Statement

We were too young to understand what it was like to experience a tragedy such as September 11th, 2001, though we always understood the gravity of remembering and honoring those affected by one. Our experience of tragedy was built through the lens of YouTube videos and teacher’s recollections. Years later, while we were high school students in Las Vegas, the tragedy of 1 October occurred. We felt the immediate grief that struck our community and were compelled to take part in the healing process. Being high school students at the time, we found the best way we could help is by giving voice to the brave first responders who helped save countless lives that night and the days to follow. Out of the tragedy came great strength and courage that rallied around the iconic #VegasStrong. Hidden in the thousands of posts and videos on social media were compelling stories of people who risked their own lives to help others. Our documentary tells the stories of the first responders that night: police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, security guards, doctors, nurses, and civilians.