9/11 THE DAYS AFTER | HISTORY | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDIT, SOUND DESIGN
2 HOUR SPECIAL AIRED SEPT, 2011.
EMMY NOMINATED | OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CRAFT: EDITING
The resilience of humanity is what makes all of us infinite, or something like that… in the face of the abyss, to have the ability to scrape the shit off their shoe, put one foot in front of the other and just move on. Some do it by shear determination, some by delusion, others fueled by love, some by hate, and some just by the DNA in their bones. This is what I had in my mind when starting this project, that and the idea that we are now living in a dystopian sci-fi world.
This film is very much a sequel to 102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA. And while the aesthetics are simular, 100% archive, no interviews or narration, the tone is different… less horror film and more exploration of this new sad yet determined landscape; the frantic search for survivors at Ground Zero, the overflowing Red Cross stations, the round the clock shifts at an American flag factory in Pennsylvania, the anger filled death threats to an Islamic center in Queens, the armed National Guardsmen patrolling Wall Street, the Krishnas drumming for peace at Union Square; this verite tapestry captures the multitudes of ways in which the world was turned upside down and the ways millions tried to put it back together.
“If I were going to recommend only one of these (anniversary) programs, it is History Channel’s “9/11: The Days After”… It puts you, as much as possible, into the place and time. As such it is hard to watch, and impossible to turn off.”
– LA TIMES
“Easily my favorite viewing experience… woven together without narration or seemingly any unifying theme, the film becomes a unique tapestry of the feel and movement of Sept. 11 and the week that followed…. It treats the viewer with the subtlest possible touch.”
– WASHINGTON POST
“A remarkable documentary… an amazingly vivid portrait of what the city was like: in shock, in mourning, in fear, in sadness, in anger, in despair, in hope…. Director-producers Seth Skundrick and Nicole Rittenmeyer have added immeasurably to the chronicle of this period of history.”
“Highly effective… a pastiche of unnarrated footage that perfectly captures the confusion and fear that witnesses felt in those first few hours and then days.”
– NEW YORK TIMES
Much thanks to a spectacular team.
Production Company: NEW ANIMAL PRODUCTIONS
Co-Executive Producer: NICOLE RITTENMEYER
AP & Research: ALLISON FERNER, PBA
Composer: BRENDON ANDEREGG
Assistant Editor: JONATHAN LEE