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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Request to Participate
From Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:00 am to Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:59 am (included)
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Dear 9/11 Families,

I am writing with a very special request.

This e-mail is to ask you to participate in a unique, non-profit, educational documentary film. I am working with Professor Marilyn Berger, who is producing Out of the Ashes: 9/11, a film about 9/11 families and their experiences with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the 9/11 Federal Court lawsuits.

Request for Photo

We are requesting a photo of your loved one to be used in this documentary. Marilyn will be honoring the deceased victims of 9/11 by scrolling the names and photos at the beginning and at the end of the documentary.

The Documentary: “Out of the Ashes: 9/11”

The documentary is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational project sponsored by Seattle University, a Catholic-Jesuit institution. The documentary will be distributed to universities, colleges and secondary schools. This is not a commercial endeavor. Proceeds, if any, will be donated to charities. This professional production is directed by an Emmy-award winning filmmaker.

The documentary portrays seven 9/11 families and their struggle to cope with the terrorist tragedy and their experiences with the Fund and litigation. Among the families are a father of a NYC firefighter; a Flight 93 pilot’s widow; families who lost loved ones in both WTC towers and on the ground; and a victim of the toxic dust at Ground Zero. The film is objective, giving a voice to the families and provides a dignified analysis of the issues: skyscraper safety, proper burial for 9/11 victims, the toxic dust (respiratory diseases and deaths), fairness of the Fund and the 9/11 Federal Court litigation.

The VCF has been cited as the model of an alternative to civil litigation. As such, it is important to look at the pros and cons (what is gained and what is lost) of instituting a system that compensates victims of terrorism, or any other major catastrophe, outside of our legal system. This documentary takes an unbiased look at the VCF vs. litigation with the goal of being used as a teaching tool in hopes of learning lessons.

To Participate

If you would like to participate, please send a photo of your loved one as an e-mail attachment directly to Marilyn at: marilynjberger@gmail.com.

If you prefer to mail your photo, please send it to:

Professor Marilyn J. Berger
Director of Trial Advocacy & Films for Justice
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue Sullivan Hall
P.O Box 222000
Seattle, Washington 98122

Upon receipt of your loved one’s photo, Marilyn will send you a release form, which must be signed and returned in order for your photo to be included in the documentary. No photo can be used without an authorized release.

To ensure the prompt return of your mailed photos, please include your name and address printed clearly.

Additionally, attached to this e-mail is a synopsis of the project. If you would like any additional information, please contact Marilyn at the above email.

Warm regards,

Monica Gabrielle
Widow of Richard Gabrielle
WTC2, 103 FL.

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