Report: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Used 9/11 Call Recording without New Canaan Mom's OK

New Canaan's Mary Fetchet said she was shocked to find nobody had asked for her permission to use the recording in the Best Picture-nominated film, according to The Huffington Post.


Like many communities whose residents regularly travel into New York City for work, New Canaan was and remains profoundly affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A twisted beam from the World Trade Center stands beside New Canaan Fire Company No. 1, residents and officials at ceremonies each year remember those who perished, including many who lost friends, loved ones and colleagues in the attacks, students here created a memorial for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

This week, one New Canaan resident who lost a relative on 9/11 told some news outlets that she was shocked nobody asked her whether they could use a voicemail her son left in an Oscar-winning film “Zero Dark Thirty.”

According to a report in The Huffington Post, Mary Fetchet told the Daily News and CBS that a voicemail her son Bradley left from the 89th floor of the south tower was used at the film’s opening without her permission. Fetchet is founding director of Voices of September 11th, a nonprofit organization established "to create an information clearinghouse for those affected by the attacks through the use of a website, electronic newsletter, direct mailings and media outreach," according to its website.

Citing an Associated Press report in part of its article, The Huffington Post says the movie, which won an Oscar on Sunday for sound editing, has been criticized as inaccurate.

As of Feb. 3, "Zero Dark Thirty" had grossed $77,673,978 in the United States and Canada.

In all, 152 people with ties to Connecticut, including 65 residents, died in the attacks, state officials say.


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