Supporting Westport High School Emerging Filmmakers

Recently, our General Manager, Bill Hall, worked with a group of Westport high school students and “starred” (about a minute on screen) in their production of Pump It Up Baby.

This is a “mockumentary” stressing the importance of proper septic system maintenance, especially in coastal communities. The screenplay was written by local resident, Helen Martin Block.

Below is an article written by Vinti Singh for the blog.

A Movie About Septic Systems that’s Surprisingly Entertaining

October 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm by Vinti Singh

An interesting plot line can make any subject interesting – including septic systems. In fact, the catchy songs and the cute little love story almost make you forget you’re learning about the value of taking proper care of your septic system. I particularly loved the auto-tuned dance track about draining your septic system.

Helen Martin Block hosted a viewing of the mockumentary, “Pump it Up, Baby” at the Green Market Exposition at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport on Saturday.

There are 6,000 septic systems in Westport, and how people take care of their septic system directly affects the drinking water quality and Long Island Sound health.

Block sat on Westport’s Planning & Zoning Commission in 2007, and wanted to find a way to educate people in a fun way. Block wrote the script and worked with students from Staples High School in Westport to produce the movie.

“With small grant, we transformed the script to very engaging and funny film with terrific information told to us by experts,” Block said.

Walter Kosner (now at Columbia College in Chicago) and Michael Holmes (now at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts) wrote musical arrangements for Block’s script, did the casting and the filming.