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cover: Underground Zero Independent Viewpoints On 9/11

Underground Zero Independent Viewpoints On 9/11

Director(s): various

Theatrical Release: 2002


Genre(s): Avant-Garde, shorts, media, culture, Documentary

Countries: USA

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Running Time: 70m.

One week after 9/11, San Francisco-based filmmakers Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi asked 150 independent filmmakers to create a short film or video related to the events. Zahedi and Rosenblatt write, "The idea for the film was to counter the mainstream media's narrow representation of events as well as to give voice to the diversity of responses within the independent film community. It also occurred to us that a collective response would be both more powerful and effective than isolated individual responses." Eleven of the resulting works are included in UNDERGROUND ZERO, a feature-length video that studies the significance of September 11th through a variety of creative, personal and cultural perspectives. The DVD edition includes 14 additional shorts as special features.

UNDERGROUND ZERO toured the US in 2002 in a variety of venues including theatres, museums, and schools. An abbreviated version of the feature was presented on Cinemax on September 11, 2002.

In addition to receiving rave critical notices, UNDERGROUND ZERO was named one of the Top Ten films of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Independent Weekly. Producers Caveh Zahedi and Jay Rosenblatt also received a Special Citation for UNDERGROUND ZERO at the 2002 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Producers Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi have each been making films for over 20 years. Friends and frequent creative collaborators, they are both Guggenheim Fellowship recipients, and their films have screened on television and at festivals throughout the world. The eleven additional filmmakers, whose work is included in UNDERGROUND ZERO, are an accomplished group of media artists, veteran filmmakers and teachers from across the U.S.

Main Program:

"The End of Summer" - Frazer Bradshaw (3:00)

Maybe we’re too grown up?

"The Voice of the Prophet" - Robert Edwards (7:00)

An interview with Rick Rescorla - a retired Army colonel, veteran of combat in three wars and 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)" - Eva Brzeski (12:00)

China. September 11, 2001. The filmmaker watches from across the world as the Twin Towers fall a mile from her home. Her deep connection to the buildings in New York is shaken as life in China goes on.

"Isaiah's Rap" - Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman (3:00)

A 14-year-old musician and poet responds to the attack on

his TriBeCa neighborhood.

"Brief Encounter with Tibetan Monks" - Paul Harrill (5:00)

Seeking peace in a time of world crisis, the filmmaker discovers that finding examples of non-violence is more complicated than he anticipated.

"The World is a Classroom" - Caveh Zahedi (14:00)

An allegory about the Bush and Bin Laden in each of us.

"A Strange Mourning" - David Driver (5:00)

On Friday, Sept. 14, 2001 people gather on a street corner in Los Angeles, California to mourn the tragic events of the week. Their fervent display of patriotism reflects the mood gripping the nation.

"21" - Laura Plotkin (3:00)

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.

"The World As We Know It" - John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson (4:00)

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" - Jay Rosenblatt (3:00)

Faith and fear. Duck and cover.

Untitled - Ira Sachs (6:00)

Portraits taken from the fliers posted on the streets of New York

in the days following the events.

DVD includes the following 14 additional shorts as Special Features: "New York" - Chel White; "Brooklyn Promenade" - Mark Street; "Both Towers Have Fallen" - Cathy Cook; "No News" - Bushra Azzouz; "Parthenogenesis" - Marina Zurkow; "Language Lessons" - Jeanne C. Finley, John Muse; "End of an Era" - Lucas Sabean; "Meal" - Cathy Crane, Sarah Lewison; "Collateral Damage" - Marcia Jarmel; "Drink From the River" - Thad Povey, The Scratch Film Junkies; "Fear Itself" - Dan Weir; "Wake" - Abigail Severance, Julia Inez Gandelsonas; "Awake" - Greg Watkins; and "9/10" - Thomas Logoreci