Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A poignant entry in the Cinemax cable network's sporadic "Reel Life" anthology, Visions From Ground Zero is a 150-minute documentary comprised of five short independent films, each one tied in with the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The first such film is John Schnall's NYC: 9/11, a one-minute montage of eyewitness interviews and fleeting glimpses of the catastrophe, intercut with shots of city maps. Next on the docket is Morning: September 11th, filmed by Darcy Dennett from the vantage point of Staten Island on the day of attack. This is followed by Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi's Underground Zero, a compilation of "artistic" responses to the disaster by several different moviemakers, and by Deborah Shaffer's thematically similar From the Ashes: 10 Artists, offering first-hand responses to the attack from Manhattan-based photographers, musicians, and performing artists. Visions From Ground Zero is climaxed with photographer Etienne Sauret's haunting overview, WTC: The First 24 Hours.
independent-filmmaking, national-tragedy, September 11th, short-films