2004-07-09 / Community

Hero Lifeguard Stars In Independent Movie

By Brendan Brosh

Hero Lifeguard Stars In Independent Movie


By Brendan Brosh

Local lifeguard Thaddeus Schneider, who recently starred in a real life rescue on Rockaway’s beaches, is also starring in the movie "Love Like Blood," which will premiere at the 2004 Long Island International Film Expo next week.

Schneider, who appears in the lead role as "Kevin," was discovered by a talent scout while sitting on the Beach 145 Street chair five years ago.

"I was lifeguarding uptown, when I started talking to a casting agent," says Schneider. The talent scout was Lauren Nadler, famous for finding Academy Award winner Adrien Brody.

"I told her that was interested in acting and she brought me in and put me in a scene study."

In his role as Kevin, Schneider plays a petty thief, who is mentored by a dedicated Catholic priest.

Kevin leaves the crime world, and gets a job at the local hardware store. Gradually however, the lure of crime calls Kevin back, and he must resist the temptation to revert to his old ways.

Schneider made news two weeks ago in a Wave front-page story about a massive rescue on Beach 116 Street. Nearly an hour after going off-duty, Schneider dove in to save three teenage girls from Brooklyn who were more than 125 yards out in the water. With more than ten years of lifeguarding under his belt, Schneider says it was the biggest rescueSamantha Carini is a National Merit Scholarship Commended student. She received full scholarships to Stony Brook and Baruch Honors Program. She will attend the Doctor of Pharmacology program at St. John Univ. Jean Marie Haggerty received scholarships to Marist, Le Moyne, Siena, Baruch Honors College—all of NYS. Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart in CT. effort of his life.

"It was the most intense rescue I’ve ever been in; the Fire Department, NYPD, helicopters and other lifeguards were all there."

"Love Like Blood" is premiering at the Bellmore Theatre in Long Island on Wednesday, July 14 as part of the 2004 Long Island International Film Expo.

For more information about Thaddeus Schneider and the movie, visit www.lovelikebloodmovie. com.

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