'7 days,' 'Conscience,' 'Dreams' to hit local venues
With no shortage of Sept. 11 programming on the tube, Gotham theaters will now test the water with a trio of related documentaries.
Steven Rosenbaum’s “7 Days in September” will open Sept. 6 at Regal Cinemas in New York and Los Angeles. Doc depicts the experiences of 28 New Yorkers armed with video cameras the week after Sept. 11. “7 Days” will also unspool at the Boston Film Fest on Sept. 11.
Hourlong doc “These Men of Conscience” has been booked for a limited engagement at the Quad Cinema Sept. 7-15. Pic was directed and scripted by Carol Ann Francis, who conceived it as a tribute to Gotham firefighters before Sept. 11.
Doc was shot from June-December 2001, and while not 9/11 specific, it focuses on an engine company in the Bronx. No scenes of the tragedy are shown, although there is a discussion about loss.
“This movie explains why firefighters what they do,” Francis said. “A year later, this movie sums up the driving force of what motivates these men to put another human life before their own.”
Filmmaker will shill film at the annual IFP Market this fall. Run at the Quad will qualify pic for documentary Oscar eligibility.
Helmed by Kuwaiti director Walid Al-Awadi, “Dreams Without Sleep” will unspool at the Anthology Film Archives Sept. 10-17, following a Sept. 9 premiere at Alice Tully Hall. Doc — which also screened at Cannes — looks at the effects of Sept. 11 on five diverse New Yorkers, who range from Lebanese immigrant to Gulf War vet.
Secretary of State Colin Powell and pic’s subjects will be in attendance at the premiere.
“As a filmmaker I don’t have anything to give except this film,” said Al-Awadi, who shot his doc in October. “The only trouble was the emotional time. No one cared that I was a Kuwaiti Muslim.”
Proceeds from “Dreams Without Sleep” will be donated to charity.
Elsewhere around Gotham, commemorative docs will also be screened at the American Museum of Moving Image. Slate includes the HBO-produced “In Memoriam: New York City 9/11” and “WTC Uncut,” an unedited view of the Trade Center from attack to collapse, accompanied by a sound mix of news coverage, radio transmissions and eyewitness interviews.