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In the wake of the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers from all walks of life overcame their sense of powerlessness by helping out in the recovery effort. They brought in supplies, set up relief stations, fed and cared for the recovery workers. Over the months, many deep and unexpected relationships developed.

Using cinema verite´ footage, interviews and archival photographs, 9/12: From Chaos to Community follows several characters through a series of events that reunite them after the closing of the site. Through their stories, a portrait of the city-within-a-city that was Ground Zero is revealed. Diverse citizens transcend politics and culture in an effort to heal their city and themselves. The result is a vibrant, moving, and compelling portrayal of hope in the wake of disaster.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with director Susanna Styron and producer Jacki Ochs.   Also on the Q&A panel will be sound designer Margaret Crimmins, composer Wendy Blackstone and editor Laure Sullivan.


Jacki Ochs’ experimental and documentary films have been broadcast worldwide. The Secret Agent won Best New Director (American Film Festival) and Special Jury Prize (Sundance Film Festival). Letters Not About Love was named Best Documentary F e a t u re (SXSW Film Festival). She executive produced The Untold Story Of Emmett Louis Till and produced and directed the short, Lenny Bruce Revisited. She is Executive Director of the Human Arts Association and is in development on an interactive DVD about pre-adolescent girls, as well as a documentary.

Susanna Stryon co-wrote and directed the feature, Shadrach, and directed and co-produced the short, A Day Like Any Other, which garnered Special Jury Awards (San Francisco and Houston International Film Festivals). For television, she’s written and edited an episode of 100 Centre Street and was an associate producer for Close-Up, ABC’s documentary division. She has directed documentaries, authored and co-authored teleplays for the Hallmark Hall of Fame and Lifetime.  She also served a assistant to director Ken Russell and PA on Luis Bunuel’s That Object of Desire.

Margaret Crimmins is a sound designer and the president of Dog Bark Sound, Inc., which she founded in 1996. In addition to 9/12 – From Chaos to Community, her recent credits include My Architect, Mad Hot Ballroom, Boys of Baraka, Jesus Camp, The Bridge and 51 Birch Street.



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts
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