USA Network has acquired Travis Fine’s feature The Space Between to air on Sept. 11, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. The network picked up the film starring Melissa Leo (The Fighter) after screening it during the Tribeca Film Festival where it made its world premiere. “Its message of tolerance and respect is a perfect fit with our Characters Unite pro-social initiative,” said USA’s EVP Jane Blaney.

Space centers on Montine McLeod (Leo), a lonely flight attendant, and Omar Hassan, a 10-year-old Pakistani-American boy, who are on a plane that is grounded in Longview, TX the morning of 9/11/01. When Montine discovers that Omar’s father works in the World Trade Center she is forced to drive the boy back home to his uncertain future in New York. Fine, who produced, wrote and directed the film for Inception Media Group, was deeply affected by 9/11 and left his filmmaking and acting career to became a commercial airline pilot. He began to write the script for Space while flying a plane on autopilot at 36,000′.