Underground Zero
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Voice of the Prophet Isaiah's Rap 21
China Diary End of Summer The World is a Classroom

TRT: 76 min.

The End of Summer (3’)
Frazer Bradshaw
Maybe we're too grown up?

The Voice of the Prophet (7’)
Robert Edwards
An interview with Rick Rescorla - a retired Army colonel and veteran of combat in three wars who was the head of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter - filmed in his office on the 44th floor of the World Trade Center in 1998.

China Diary (911) (12’)
Eva Brzeski
China. September 11th, 2001. The filmmaker watches from across the world as the Twin Towers fall less than a mile from her home. She discovers her deep connection to the buildings as life in New York is shattered while life in China goes on.

Isaiah's Rap (3’)
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
A 14-year-old musician and poet responds to the attack on his TriBeCa neighborhood.

Brief Encounter with Tibetan Monks (5’)
Paul Harrill
Seeking peace in a time of world crisis, the filmmaker discovers that finding examples of non-violence is more complicated than he anticipated.

Scene from an Endless War (2’)
Norman Cowie
An excerpt from a videotape on globalization, militarism and the "war against terrorism."

The World is a Classroom (14’)
Caveh Zahedi
An allegory about the Bush and Bin Laden in each of us.

A Strange Mourning (5’)
David Driver
On Friday, September 14, 2001 a group of people gathered on a street corner in Los Angeles, California to mourn the tragic events of that week. The fervent display of patriotism that night reflects the mood that has gripped the nation in the ensuing months.

21 (3’)
Laura Plotkin
In the aftermath of 9/11 many violent and racist attacks occurred through out the USA. 21 chronicles Niomi, a Brooklyn resident who recalls being brutally accosted ten days after the twin towers collapsed.

Carefully Taught (4’)
Valerie Soe
A short essay responding to the blind patriotic fervor following Sept. 11, illuminated by Hollywood visions of the American dream.

The World As We Know It (4’)
John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
Smart bombs or not, just war or not, the guilty and innocent alike are dying-- as they always have, in appalling numbers, through the centuries.

Prayer (3’)
Jay Rosenblatt
Faith and fear. Duck and cover.

Untitled (6’)
Ira Sachs
Portraits taken from the fliers posted on the streets of New York in the days following the events.

TRT: 78 min.

New York (5’30”)
Chel White
New York is a poem in pictures. Created in response to the events of September 11th, it touches on life's fragility and the resiliency of the human spirit. Air is a recurring element-essential for life but also a conduit for harm.

Brooklyn Promenade (2’39”)
Mark Street
I did my best to shield my kids from the events of 9/11: mildly explaining the ashes that enveloped our Brooklyn neighborhood, turning off the TV as images of the planes hitting blared, turning over the newspaper as it arrived on our doorstep with shots of the WTC burning. But of course the horror was percolating in them, too, despite my best efforts.

Both Towers Have Fallen (2’)
Cathy Cook
In 1995 I lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. At one end of the street I lived on, twin Union Gas towers loomed. At the other end, and across the river, the majestic twin towers of the World Trade Center stood in perfect view.

No News (4’28”)
Bushra Azzouz
No news is good news.

Ashes to Ashes: the Art of Rebecca Haseltine (9’35”)
Barbara Klutinis
A visual artist reflects on her reaction to 9/11, her artistic process, and the role of the artist in expressing the unimaginable.

Parthenogenesis (1’33”)
Marina Zurkow
An allegorical micro-opera about heartbreak and compassion.

Language Lessons (9’)
Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse
A film that searches for the mythical Fountain of Youth within a maze of INS bureaucracy and "foreign" language exercises.

End of an Era
Lucas Sabean
Inner freedom/he has/from the start/if only/he can summon the courage/and/to use it/accepting that inner/experience/is/of social significance.

Meal (3’32”)
Cathy Crane and Sarah Lewison
A radio talk show contemplates Muhammad Atta's last meal.

Collateral Damage (3’)
Marcia Jarmel
A mother's lament about the human costs of war.

Vale of Tears (4’)
Nancy D. Kates
Vale is a Middle English word meaning valley, often crossed by a stream; the second definition is the world as a scene of sorrow. One of the Latin roots of vale also means "to be strong."

Drink from the River (3’)
Thad Povey and The Scratch Film Junkies
Looking for some solace after the attacks, I remembered Lethe, the underworld’s river of forgetfulness from whose waters souls are required to drink.

Fear Itself (3’13”)
Dan Weir
Gray Davis had just issued a warning about the potential for more strikes. I was eating lunch, gazing at the Bay Bridge when I got an idea for a horror movie.

Unfurling (2’11”)
Martha Gorzycki
Silent, animated images reconfigure into representations of the American flag, symbolizing the underpinnings of national pride.

Wake (4’13”)
Abigail Severance and Julia Inez Gandelsonas
A post 9/11 journey through New York, into the body, and out the mouth of sorrow.

Merciful and Compassionate? (4’)
Rock Ross
How many more acts of a 'merciful and compassionate' God
can we expect?

Awake (0’36”)
Greg Watkins
Last night the barn burned down.

Innocence and Despair (5’25”)
Phil Solomon
An underwater lullaby for my hometown, an engulfed cathedral of innocence and loss.


© Copyright 2002. Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi.