Hartford filmmaker Rashad Frett shares his inspiring story

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(WTNH)–Rashad Frett of Hartford served the country as an army medic. One of his first calls to duty was a call to his unit on 9/11. Just two hours after the planes hit the Twin Towers, he was in a helicopter flying over New York City.

Frett was then a 20-year-old seeing utter devastation in America. He grew up in a tough neighborhood, where he saw a lot of drugs and gun violence, and that affected him too.

He picked up a camera one day and started filming. He’s even directed a gritty television pilot written by a Hartford police officer and a criminal about life in the city. Now, he is one of just a handful of people in the world this year who has landed a spot in the Elite Tisch School of Arts at New York University.

Take a look at his life’s work in this edition of “Nyberg.”

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