Saturday, September 29, 2012

Laura Beachy, Flim on 9/11

PITTSBURGH — Laura Beachy's sixth-grade teacher at Eagle View Elementary was supposed to turn off the television on Sept. 11, 2001, to keep the children from panicking after terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and just 15 miles from their school in Somerset.
Despite the district's orders, the teacher turned on the television, closed the door and drew the blinds so her students could watch as history unfolded before them.
"You didn't think it was real. You thought it was a movie or a joke at first," said Beachy, 22. "But then you saw the adults. They are supposed to be the people who have all the answers and provide safety and comfort. That day, they didn't have the answers, and everybody needed comfort."
Eleven years after watching the events of 9/11 unfold on a small screen in her classroom, Beachy is putting the finishing touches on a documentary she hopes to bring to the big screen at film festivals.
The documentary, "We Were Quiet Once," looks at how the crash of United Flight 93 in Stonycreek Township affected people on the ground in Somerset County.
Beachy began the project in April 2010 while she was a student at Syracuse University majoring in television, radio and film, and anthropology.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sept. 28, 2012