‘United 93’: Is U.S. ready for a 9/11 film? [Microsoft Windows Media]
Theater pulls trailer for ‘United 93’
Four Years on, A Cabin’s-Eye View of 9/11
Tribeca Film Festival 2006 [Macromedia Flash Player]
Project Rebirth [Macromedia Flash Player, pdf]
Dealing with tragedy is not a communal condition unique to the United States, and a number of recent events this week have brought the events of 9/11 back to the forefront of public contemplation and concern. This week, a judge ruled that Zacarias Moussaoui could face the death penalty for his role in the events surrounding that particular fateful and tragic day. Several hundred miles away in New York, another set of persons found themselves in the presence of a movie trailer advertising the upcoming film ‘United 93’, which chronicles the experiences of those onboard that flight before it crashed down in Pennsylvania. A number of patrons at the AMC Lowes Lincoln Square 12 theater in Manhattan complained to the theater’s managers about the trailer, with some complaining that it was simply an attempt to exploit the images and human tragedy of that day. Theater manager Kevin Adjodha remarked that “One lady was crying, and she was saying we shouldn’t have [played the trailer]. That this was wrong….I don’t think people are ready for this.” Others have claimed that this is a story that people want to hear about, including the families of those killed on United Flight 93. The director of the film, Paul Greengrass stated “I was surprised and humbled at the extraordinary way the United 93 families have welcomed us into their lives and shared their experiences with us.” The world premiere of the film will be at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th, so it will be interesting to see how audiences will react to this rather stark and dramatic portrayal of these events.
The first link takes users to a news article from the New York Daily News about the reaction to the film’s trailer at several theaters in Manhattan. The second link leads to a news piece from Newsweek that includes a link to the trailer for the film, along with additional comments from the film’s director. The third link leads to a piece from the Boston Herald that reports that one theater has made the decision to pull the trailer entirely. The fourth link leads to a New York Times article from January 2006, which offers some insights into the process involved with making the film. The fifth link leads to the homepage of the Tribeca Film Festival. Here, visitors can learn about the history of the festival, and peruse the schedule of films being previewed there. The final link leads to the homepage for Project Rebirth, the non-profit organization responsible for documenting the reconstruction of the area around the World Trade Center site.