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Creator of 'The Space Between' plans local screening

Posted: September 8, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Filmmaker Travis Fine, who wrote, produced and directed “The Space Between,” sits at a film-editing bay at a studio in North Hollywood on Wednesday.


Like so many others, Travis Fine found himself affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Soon after the attack, Fine’s then-9-year-old daughter began talking about the “invisible wires” that connect people together.

“I really wanted to explore what connected us,” the father and Santa Clarita Valley resident said this week — “find two characters who had seemingly no connection and put them into a situation to find a connection.”

That thought would lead to “The Space Between,” a 2010 film written, directed and produced by Fine starring Melissa Leo, who recently won an Academy Award for her role in “The Fighter.”

As part of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, “The Space Between” will be screened at 5 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth Ami, which Fine and his family attend. The event is free and open to the public.

The movie follows Montine McLeod, a flight attendant played by Leo, and a 10-year-old Pakistani-American boy named Omar Hassan. The two are grounded at an airport in Texas on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, according to the movie’s website.

McLeod soon learns about Hassan’s relationship to the terrorist attacks, yet decides to make a cross-country trip with the boy to take him to New York City, the storyline reads.

The movie chronicles the journey and shows how the two discover “tolerance, redemption, acceptance and hope.”
Fine drew on his own experience as a commercial pilot when creating the film.

In 2001, Fine left the entertainment business and life as a filmmaker to become a pilot, he said.

He credits Sept. 11 for the career switch. He was a pilot until 2007, when he made the switch back into the entertainment industry.

“I think it forced a lot of people to stop and think that everything can change very quickly,” he said.

His experience left him to make connections between the film industry and flying. For instance, flight plans are like scripts and every plane needs a pilot, or director, he said.

Through the screening of “The Space Between,” Fine hopes that viewers will be reminded of how Sept. 11 shaped the country and people.

“I do hope that people are reminded that on Sept. 11, while national catastrophic events played out, there were also some very private and personal tragedies that were acting out,” Fine said. “There was a real sense of connection that I think has maybe been lost.”


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