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Forever Changed: Carrying the Pain of 9/11

Chiara Pesce - Forver Changed - 260pxChiara Pesce

Massorolis - Forever Changed - 260pxMichael Massoroli and his Dad

Forever Changed: Carrying the Pain of 9/11 is a collaborative film project between Historic Richmond Town, the Office of the SI Borough President and local visual artist and photographer, Vinnie Amessé.  The documentary marked the ten year anniversary of the tragedy. Amessé wanted to share the experiences of a small group of people who lost loved ones or survived the tragic event but have never told their stories publicly.  

The power of love is so strong.  Bonds that were severed viciously by the tragedy still live on inside.
As filming started and the victims began to open up for the first time, it became clear that these friends, neighbors and members of our community were still carrying a numbing pain ten years later.  

Amessé decided to capture this heartache through interviews and still photos.  It became apparent that for these victims this one terrible day lived on, very deep inside, while those of us who were less affected  found ways to move on.

Since the stories were very personal, Amessé decided to avoid using footage of the actual tragedy and focus on the people themselves using only photographs to capture the hurt buried within.  The film reveals how acutely these people were changed.  It reveals their sadness.

But the stories also share the power of love. Bonds that were viciously attacked did not severe. They remain connected and strong. They endure because, in the end, love is stronger than evil.

The film, in its entirety, may be screened below.  We have limited its availability to this site.  Please take a few minutes and watch this documentary.  It may change your perception of 9/11.  

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This season, he portrays James Guyon Jr., the historic proprietor of Historic Richmond Town’s Guyon Inn and Store. Home to the legendary Guyon Concerts, the circa 1819 building serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality illuminated by candlelight and warmed by a potbelly stove.

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