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Finding Daylight Documentary Film

Logline: Two families struggle to put their lives back together after losing loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Brief Synopsis:

FINDING DAYLIGHT introduces the Faughnan and DeFazio families and their friends on their compelling post 9/11 odyssey.

In the years between 2001 and 2021, we see complex people navigating the road back from loss. Through filmed and audio interviews combined with a wide range of artwork and video, their stories unfold. We never see the still traumatic news footage of that day. Instead the story is told through the use of powerful artwork that allows for a more intimate connection with the people in the film.

To the best of my knowledge, Finding Daylight is the only longitudinal view of September 11th family members that tracks their varied journeys over time.

Although the perspective of this film is through the experience of 9/11 – the universality of navigating grief is insightful no matter what the circumstances of one’s loss.

  • Bettina Moss
  • Bettina Moss
  • Bettina Moss
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    1 hour 23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    160,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Bettina Moss

BETTINA MOSS (director/producer) is a narrative content creator – in other words – a storyteller in varied mediums. Formerly managing story editor for HBO Films in Los Angeles she also created the MFA in Professional Screenwriting Program at National University in California. She is a recipient of the COIL Fellowship for International Online learning under the auspices of SUNY and the NEH.
Bettina is also a Fulbright Senior Specialist candidate for her expertise in ‘Cinematic Storytelling Across Cultures,’ which originated during the COIL Fellowship and has been taught in partnership with international film schools.
New York City born and raised, she is a graduate of City College of New York (BFA Film Criticism), and Columbia University in Manhattan, ( MFA in Screenwriting.) Bettina lives in Los Angeles where she resides with her partner, their beautiful Doberman and one cranky cat.

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Director Statement

As director and producer, I believe that in today’s world there’s a need for compelling work that sheds light on the resiliency of the human spirit.

In Finding Daylight, we come to know two families who've walked in grief yet found that reclaiming happiness is not only possible but deserved.

These universal stories illuminate how to take back the future one day at a time, engaging the audience as participants on a remarkable journey - open to anyone seeking happiness beyond heartache.