— This week is the last chance to support the fundraising campaign for a local young filmmaker's Sept. 11 documentary.
Dingman Township native, 23-year-old Ryan Balton, is co-producing the film "We Were Quiet Once." The feature-length documentary shows how the crash of Flight 93 affected the people of Somerset County who witnessed it from the ground.
The production's campaign on Kickstarter.com still needs to raise another $2,500 to meet its goal of $6,000 by Saturday, Oct. 20.
Kickstarter is a crowd-sourced funding platform for creative projects, with an all or nothing approach. "We Were Quiet Once" needs to meet 100 percent of its goal by Saturday, or else it will receive none of the $3,500 already pledged.
"We're so thankful to the people who have contributed to our film so far," Balton said. "Their contributions will allow us to share the story of how people in a rural Pennsylvania area, not unlike Pike County, reacted to an international tragedy in their backyard."
The film's executive producer, Laura Beachy, grew up in Somerset and was in sixth grade several miles from the field where the plane went down in 2001. Balton and Beachy were classmates in the TV, Radio, Film program at Syracuse University.
The money will pay for editing, finishing and distribution. This includes entering the film in festivals such as Milford's Black Bear Film Festival, which has featured Balton and Beachy's work before.
Backers pledging $20 or more will receive a digital download of the film. Donors of $40 or more secure an advance DVD copy. Contributions can be made online from the Kickstarter link at WeWereQuietOnce.com, or by check payable to LEB Productions mailed to the attention of Laura Beachy, 437 48th St., Brooklyn, NY 11220.
Balton is a 2007 graduate of Delaware Valley High School, and a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind regional board. With credits from CBS, ESPN, National Geographic, PBS and the Travel Channel, Balton's past editing work has been recognized by the History Channel and National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences.
The expected completion of "We Were Quiet Once" is January.