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Rutland 2009 blood drive film debuts

NEW YORK, N.Y.-A new film by award-winning New York-based director Art Jones features Rutland's recent record breaking community blood drive.

The new film, titled "The Blood in this Town", tells the story of Rutland, a post-industrial, blue-collar city on hard times, much like thousands of towns across America, searching for answers. The difference is that in this town, the community comes together one day a year to give blood-enough blood to break all New England, if not national records.

On Dec. 22, 2009, just three days before Christmas on a bitterly cold day, Rutlanders shattered their own blood drive record-beating out New England cities 35 times its size-with a total of 1,024 pints of blood donated in one day. Boston, a city of over half a million strong, in their best one-day drive netted 772.

This story is not so much about blood collection, blood banks or hospitals' need for plasma, though that's part of it. "The Blood in this Town" focuses on an embattled city's unique response to the needs of others - and their own. It is a visceral pulling-together of a community to meet extraordinary goals. It is about a town, its people and the vital, near-indomitable spirit that runs through it - a spirit capable of leading Rutland forward again.

To screen a preview of the film online, see www.thebloodinthistown.com.

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