The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 28, 2012

Doc film to shed light on 9/11 in Somerset County



Last year, with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, Beachy decided it was time to go home and tell that story.

After securing grants and equipment from Syracuse, Beachy and a fellow student, Cory Sage, began research and filming.

They looked at every story written about Flight 93 in the Somerset Daily American and tracked repeat mentions of people. Through interviews, they focused the film on three people who have memorialized the events.

The Rev. Al Mascherino, a Catholic priest, opened a non-denominational, memorial chapel dedicated to Flight 93.

Terry Butler was working in a junk yard next to the crash site that morning and saw the plane go down. Butler has tattooed his body as a memorial to the victims.

Rick Flick, a volunteer firefighter who responded to the call, now organizes an annual motorcycle ride to the three 9/11 sites.

"We realized the story is about the heart of the people in the town and their witness to the event," Beachy said. "How do they live the rest of their lives under that veil?"

With help from another partner on the project, Ryan Balton, Beachy has been working on the final cut of the hour-long documentary.

She is in the process of raising $6,000 she needs by mid-October to pay for editing, finishing and distribution of the film. The fundraising is being done through Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects.

So far, $1,300 has been raised.

The money will help pay for screenings in Somerset and in Syracuse and enter the film into festivals with hopes of finding a distributor.

"We're trying to make the best with as little money as possible," Beachy said.

Beachy said she's gained a new appreciation for her hometown through the filming process.

"I really see how people tried to take on a new level of empathy for the victims' families," she said. "They're like second family."



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