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"102 Minutes That Changed America" on The History Channel 9/11/09

"102 Minutes That Changed America"
on The History Channel 9/11/09, 8 PM EDT; 9/12, 12 AM EDT

5-min YouTube preview: http://bit.ly/1zW6Qj

Friends and community media-making colleagues:

Last year the History Channel premiered this stunning crowd-sourced documentary of the 9/11 WTC attack. It's a chronological editing together of 9 different videographers' tapes - mostly amateurs - from various places in the city - up-close, across the river, at the Times Square marquee, etc.

"It's the first time real footage taken by real people in New York City is presented in real-time - in a 2-hour time period from when the first plane impacted to when the second tower fell down without any kind of framing or editorializing. It's just what happened, as it happened."
Nicole Rittenmeyer, the film's producer.

Especially for those of us who shoot video, and who document our own communities, this documentary has a power and impact like none other - it puts us in their shoes, and gets us asking how *we'd* react. Absolutely profound, and emotionally compelling beyond belief.

The History Channel website for the program - http://bit.ly/hi89f - has an interactive 3-D map of the city showing the locations of the cameras, and this description:

"Discover rarely seen and heard archives that document the 102 minutes between the first attack on the World Trade Center to the collapse of the second tower. This commercial-free special uses unique material from sources ranging from amateur photography and video to FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority and emergency dispatch radio recordings, photography and video. Also seen is footage broadcast outside the US, electronic messages and voicemails and "outtakes" culled from raw network footage. Then, watch interviews with individuals who provided videos of the events of that day. The interviews with the filmmakers will provide context for the circumstances they were in, why they shot video, what the footage means to them, and where they were on that day."

~ Rob McCausland

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