September 18, 2008

"Dwight and Nile" Filming Begins

As most of our readers know by now, I am Associate Producer for a documentary film called "Return to Dwight and Nile: The Story of PSA Flight 182."

Boston-based Producer/Director Dave Fresina, above, of Nantascot Films, was in San Diego from August 30-September 7, and we had a very successful first week of filming interviews and locations.

Our crew shot 16 people during that time, including two firemen, two policemen, a priest, a doctor, a teacher, a mailman, a television news anchor, a newspaper reporter, two photographers, and four people who live or work in North Park, where the crash happened.

Dave will be here again from September 20-28, and plans to film at Dwight and Nile on the morning of September 25th, the 30th anniversary of the tragedy that affected EVERY San Diegan in 1978.

We still are looking for more people who are willing to be filmed telling your personal stories about that horrible day. The crew captured me telling mine on the first day of shooting. In case you didn't know, back then I was a newspaper reporter and photographer who covered the story at the crash site and inside the temporary morgue.

If you also were involved with the crash and would like to participate in the film, please e-mail me so that we can set up a time next week to interview you.

Click Here to read an article from The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, about Dave and his reasons for making the film, which he hopes will premiere around the middle of next year somewhere in San Diego. I think the North Park Theatre would be the perfect place for it, but we haven't talked to anyone about that yet. It also will be entered in various film fests next year, including our own San Diego Film Festival.

Also, a photo I shot at the crash of policeman Nate Harris standing in front of the tail section of the PSA jet is appearing currently in a new documentary about the 80-year history of San Diego Airport called "A Piece of the Sky." If you have Cox Video on Demand, you can view it in their FreeZone under Features. It also will be shown on Cox Channel 4 immediately after the Padres game this Sunday, September 21.

Posted at 11:16 AM in California, Films, San Diego