Cen­tral’s 9-11 con­tri­bu­tion to be fea­tured in full-length doc­u­men­tary

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RANDELL

The sto­ries of how the peo­ple of cen­tral New­found­land stepped for­ward in a time of need will be on dis­play in a full-length fea­ture doc­u­men­tary next year.

In­de­pen­dent film com­pany MDF Pro­duc­tions Inc. is tak­ing on the project.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s web­site, MDF Pro­duc­tions is a cross­plat­form pro­duc­tion com­pany based in Toronto. It has pro­duced over 25 pro­duc­tions that have been screened the­atri­cally in film fes­ti­vals and tele­vised around the globe.

Di­rec­tor Moze Mos­sa­nen said the project is for Bell Me­dia, which in­cludes CTV and HBO Canada.

“Af­ter we heard Come From Away was go­ing to Broad­way, I felt that there was a re­ally im­por­tant story here,” he said. “I didn’t want to do a film about the mu­si­cal, but I wanted to do a film about the ac­tual peo­ple who in­spired it.”

Over a two-week film pe­riod – one week in Fe­bru­ary, and an­other in Septem­ber – Mos­sa­nen and his crew have been do­ing just that.

They have been col­lect­ing the sto­ries of those por­trayed in Come From Away, such as Beu­lah Cooper, Appleton Mayor Derm Flynn, and Gan­der Mayor Claude El­liott, but also cap­tur­ing the sto­ries of the peo­ple who may not have been men­tioned specif­i­cally in the Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal.

“Since we’ve been here we got to meet so many more peo­ple than we in­tended,” said Mos­sa­nen. “It’s been awe­some, ev­ery­body has been so kind.”

The doc­u­men­tary is to be re­leased some­time af­ter April 2018.


Film­ing is cur­rently un­der­way for a full-length fea­ture doc­u­men­tary about the peo­ple of cen­tral New­found­land who cared for nearly 7,000 stranded pas­sen­gers fol­low­ing the 9-11-2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the United States.

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