Maria Pusateri

Documentary tells story of detective's road to recovery after 9/11

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Documentary tells story of detective's road to recovery after 9/11
Life of detective is featured in film directed, produced by sister-in-law

Thursday, June 21, 2007

By CAITLIN HOGAN
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As evidence builds about 9/11's deadly toll on first responders, Maria Pusateri's documentary, "Vito After," tells the moving story of one police officer's journey toward physical and emotional recovery. The film, part of this year's Staten Island Film Festival, was screened last night at the College of Staten Island's Center for the Arts

Set on Long Island and various parts of New York City, "Vito After" follows NYPD Detective Vito Friscia from April 2002 through July 2004 as he struggles with sinus infections and adjusts to life after spending months sifting through debris at Ground Zero and the former Fresh Kills landfill.

Director and producer Mrs. Pusateri -- who is Friscia's sister-in-law -- seeks to understand the stoic attitude of rescue workers, while drawing attention to the serious health conditions plaguing them.

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