September 16, 2009


Produced by New Animal Productions’ Nicole Rittenmeyer and Seth Skundrick, in conjunction with Siskel/Jacobs Productions and History, the doc uses footage collected from a wide range of sources, including amateur citizen journalists, emergency dispatch radio recordings, and local news outlets. The events are presented in virtual realtime, from a personal point of view.

Trotta, a New York City native, says he felt compelled to work on it “because it was such an important archive of American history. While the subject of the film was obviously something that held a personal connection for me, from an audio perspective, the nature of the film itself was laden with technical difficulties that also piqued my interest.”

Because of the sheer volume and diversity of the footage, the audio challenges ranged from over-modulated screams, to dirtied video heads, to lost tracking, to cameras being dropped in a moment of overwhelming shock.