2002-09-14 / Community

‘Five Tissues’ For ‘Women Of Rockaway’

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

A community screening of the Oxygen Network’s "Women of Rockaway" drew more than 250 residents to the Beach Club on Beach 116 Street for what many in the audience called a "five tissue" show.

Directed by Kevin Breslin and produced by his sister, Rosemary Breslin and her husband, Tony Dunn, the 22-minute documentary details the lives of several Rockaway women who lost the men in their lives at the World Trade Center.

Some of them were wives, some mothers, some girlfriends or fiancées, others sisters, but they all had two things in common: each lives in Rockaway and each lost a man very important to her life.

The riveting film was played Monday to a standing-room only audience that included many of the women in the film and others who were filmed for the show but did not make it off the cutting room floor.

Breslin says that he comes often to Rockaway and was here on September 11, 2001.

"I was in Rockaway doing a commercial," he says. "I saw a group of women standing by the seawall looking out over smoking Manhattan. I had an eerie feeling that something was not right, that there was a story in that picture."

When flight 587 came down in Belle Harbor, and the area became the "media darling" of the world for a few short weeks, Breslin and his sister decided to tell the story of the Rockaway women who had been impacted by both events.

The movie will be shown at various times over the next month on the Oxygen Network, Channel 61 on Time Warner Cable.

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