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Documentary On Bay Area 9/11 Hero Premieres In San Francisco

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Mark Bingham (r), passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, with former partner Paul Holm (AP)

Mark Bingham (r), passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, with former partner Paul Holm (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – He grew up and lived in the Bay Area and became immortalized on 9/11. Now, the life story of Mark Bingham is coming to the big screen.

It took 9 years, but a documentary celebrating Bingham’s life is premiering this weekend at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.

Bingham was aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. He and a small group of passengers are considered heroes after storming the cockpit and attempting to take over the plane from terrorists. It is believed that the hijackers were targeting to crash the plane into the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

Bingham was born in Los Gatos and lived in San Francisco and was a longtime rugby player. His mother, Alice Hoagland, said the name of the documentary, ‘With You,’ is a takeoff on a popular rugby term.

“One guy has the ball and is charging forward trying to get a try and is paced on both sides by a fellow player, who is chanting ‘with you, with you’ to let him know where he is,” said Hoagland. “To let him know that he’s not alone and he has friends in the fight.”

Bingham was also gay and Hoagland said it’s important for people to see that anyone can be a hero.

“(It’s important for the) many, many people, men and women who are gay and lesbian, who deserve to be vaunted as heroes,” she said.

‘With You’ will premiere at the Castro Theatre on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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