A local filmmaker will make his feature debut this month with a documentary about the local reaction to the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.
Delaware Valley High School 2007 graduate Ryan Balton, who grew up in Dingman Township, co-produced "We Were Quiet Once."
The film takes a unique look at the people of Somerset, Pa. who have personally memorialized the international tragedy that occurred in their backyard. The documentary's world premiere will be at the Moondance International Film Festival in Mystic, Conn., on Sept. 26-29.
"It has been rewarding to have a part in sharing a story that really hasn't be told before," Balton said. "We couldn't have done it without the support from our local communities."
"We Were Quiet Once" was directed by Somerset native Laura Beachy, one of Balton's Syracuse University classmates. Beachy was in sixth grade on Sept. 11, 2001, just a few miles from the Flight 93 crash site.
The film features Terry Butler, an eyewitness to the crash who has tattooed his entire body with images of Sept. 11; Father Al Mascherino, a former Catholic priest who bought an abandoned chapel and converted it into a shrine to honor the victims of Flight 93; and Rick Flick, a first responder with the volunteer fire department who now coordinates an annual motorcycle ride among the three Sept. 11 crash sites.
"We Were Quiet Once" will share the screen at Moondance with "Gospel Hill," the directorial debut of Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gus Fring in the hit AMC television show "Breaking Bad."
More information about the film and how to purchase it can be found at www.WeWereQuietOnce.com. A portion of the proceeds go to support Sept. 11 charities.
On the Web:
• We Were Quiet Once – www.wewerequietonce.com
• WWQO on Facebook – www.facebook.com/wewerequietonce
• WWQO on Twitter – www.twitter.com/wewerequietonce
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