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Fallen: A Documentary on Police Line of Duty Deaths Made by Law Enforcement Filmmakers

Date: 2012-03-27
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In the United States, firearm related line-of-duty officer killings have risen a staggering 40% in the past two years, with overall officer deaths up over 50%. Not only are more officers being murdered, more and more are being targeted, ambushed, and slain in numbers. There are many personal stories going untold beneath these percentages, and these fallen heroes deserve a voice, as do their families, loved ones and partners who are struggling to pick up the pieces these tragedies have left behind.

Cities and counties all across the country are experiencing unprecedented budget shortfalls, resulting in mass public safety layoffs and operational cuts. As a result, those left with jobs are being asked to do much more with much less.

“With a production team comprised solely of law enforcement professionals, I am producing a feature documentary on the rapidly growing line-of-duty death rate among US law enforcement,” said Soledad PD Sgt. Thomas Marchese, writer/director for The Fallen Project.  “The victims of these murders are lucky to get so much as a headline before fading into obscurity. Our project aims to give these victims, their families and their partners a voice, and their sacrifice a place in history. We will be traveling to agencies across the US to tell these stories and we need help from the public safety community to do it.”

Over the next year, a production crew completely comprised of public safety professionals will be traveling to numerous police agencies across the country, large and small, urban and rural, candidly interviewing command staff, line officers, city officials and the public in areas that have lost officers and/or experienced crippling cuts in patrol staffing. “Along the way, we will share their intimate accounts of heroism and loss, and explore the complexities and challenges of funding public safety in today's economy,” Marchese said. T”hrough their eyes we will tell this story. Their story. Our story. And, hopefully, answer some questions along the way.” 

Not only will this film serve as a snapshot of history in an unprecedentedly challenging time for our country, and for law enforcement, but its raw honesty and intimately candid perspective will serve as a tribute to all those who have sacrificed everything so that we may enjoy the safety and freedoms we take for granted. 

“The project is very unique in that we are funding the production through individual, association and organization donations,” said Sgt. Marchese.  “It is also unique in that the entire project is being produced and filmed by active public safety professionals.” 

Interested parties are enocuraged to pledge a donation in any amount you wish on the project’s official web site.  Every single dollar will help. “Our production budget goal is $150,000, and production will not begin until we meet that goal and have the project fully funded,” Marchese said.  "If every law enforcement officer in the US donated just .21 cents to this project, we would meet our goal..."

WHERE THE FUNDS WILL GO

  • Production/distribution of donation gifts
  • On-location filming in more than a dozen locations around the country
  • Post-production
  • Marketing/DVD/Blu-Ray production
  • Screening

If the project is not funded, all donations will be returned to the donors. 

To donate, view a trailer, and for additional information, see: http://www.fallenproject.com

A Facebook Page has been created at www.facebook.com/FallenFilm

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via The Fallen Project, 3/27/12)

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