It was only several months ago that Andrea Garbarini's film, From the Ground Up—which follows the lives of five firefighter widows after the 9/11 terrorist attacks—had been accepted into a few film festivals.
But a lot has changed since then.
The Pleasantville resident's film will not only be included in several more upcoming festivals—including the renowned Heartland and Big Bear Lake festivals—but will be aired by PBS in major markets throughout the United States.
Oprah Winfrey's O network will be previewing the film as well.
Garbarini's husband Lieutenant Charles Garbarini was a New York City firefighter who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11 and did not return home.
Garbarini, who has funded the lion's share of film production costs, is encouraged, and even somewhat surprised, about the film's increased traction.
"I'm very excited it has gone as far as it has, I didn't expect that," she said. "It shows the positive that can come out a negative."
Contemplating the upcoming anniversary of the attacks, Garbarini said, "It's been 10 years and it's a good time for reflection and looking back. Hopefully, as we move forward, we can find peaceful alternatives to our conflicts."
Noting how difficult it is to repeatedly replay painful moments, Garbarini did find producing the film cathartic.
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From the Ground Up
Producer Andrea Garbarini