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      UA students help with Katrina documentary

      A team of University of Alabama students is making a documentary film about the U.S. Coast Guard's search and rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.The documentary titled "Paratus 14:50" will look at relief efforts in South Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. It focuses on the air rescue carried out by Air Station New Orleans and Aviation Training Center Mobile, that contributed to pulling more than 33,000 people from the highly impacted areas.The production team will travel across the nation over the next three months to film at Coast Guard facilities and interview Coast Guard personnel.Documentary Producer, Hunter Barcroft says, "The documentary will be told through the eyes of the Coast Guard members.{} The Coast Guard has granted us access to their facilities and personnel."The documentary is the vision of UA Telecommunications and Film major, Kaitlin Smith, who grew up in a Coast Guard family.{} {}"It was her dream to tell the story," says Barcroft. He says, Smith spent a significant part of her childhood in Louisiana and still has family there.The documentary is slated to be released August 29, 2015, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. You can help the UA team of students complete and distribute the project at this Indiegogo address: at 9:45 a.m. to clarify that the documentary is being produced by University of Alabama students only.