September 11 Memorial Museum Opens with Original Films by Northern Light Productions

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Today the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero opens to the public. We are tremendously proud and honored to have played a part in the making of this museum. Some of us were able to preview the exhibition this past Saturday, and it’s clear that the New York Times’ review best captures the museum’s impact as a whole: “The first thing to say about it, and maybe the last, is that it’s emotionally overwhelming.”

Northern Light shot and produced two 15-minute films, “Facing Crisis: America Under Attack” and “Facing Crisis: A Changed World,” which play in a 165-seat theater at the museum. For these films, we conducted original interviews with President George W. Bush, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, New York Governor George Pataki, and New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, among others, all of whom opened their hearts to share personal stories surrounding September 11th.

With the project coming to a close, our colleagues here at Northern Light who worked on the films, some of them for years, reflected on the process:

“I’ve never been in interviews before where such a high powered group of public figures shared their emotions and memories so openly. Somehow I figured politicians and leaders experienced the events of 9/11 differently, but it’s obvious now, from witnessing these conversations, that we all shared a very basic and human sense of shock, sorrow and resolve.”

-Jesse Beecher, Cinematographer

“Our interviewees spoke about the overpowering shock and horror of that day with vivid recollection of every detail as if it had happened the day prior. As in many films driven by the human experience, the interviews helped conceive the content and focus for both films.  The world changed on September 11th, and hopefully the general public will agree that our films blend both the analysis and raw emotion of that day, with the personal and political aftermath.”

-Lenny Rotman, Producer

“The two films we produced unveil the experiences of our leaders and the everlasting impact 9/11 has had on the world like I’ve never heard before. The stories are emotional, personal and honest. It has been quite humbling to make these films and help tell those stories in a respectful and educational way at such a historical and somber place.”

-Sean Ender, Editor


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