Film purchased follows five lives over 10 years
Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks have bought rights to Jim Whitaker’s 9-11 documentary “Rebirth.”Pic, which was screened at Sundance, follows the transformation of five people, over the course of 10 years, whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 – and simultaneously tracks the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once stood. The deals were announced Friday. Oscilloscope will release the doc in August and Showtime will broadcast it on the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th. The film as well as other original programming created by the programming team will eventually be housed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum located at Ground Zero. All proceeds will go to the Project Rebirth Center to develop and provide new multi-media tools to aid the therapists, academics, first responders and others working with people dealing with grief. The project’s founding sponsor is the Aon Foundation. The principal sponsors of the project are OppenheimerFunds and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Whitaker directed and produced with David Solomon with Danielle Beverly serving as field producer. Whitaker began his career as a documentary filmmaker to raise money for nonprofit organizations. He previously wrote and directed “Loaded,” a public service announcement against drinking and driving, in memory of a Georgetown University classmate. He’s a former president of motion pictures at Imagine Entertainment and is currently chairman of Whitaker Entertainment at Disney and and a producer of “The Odd Life oof Timothy Green.” WME Global’s Liesl Copland and Graham Taylor brokered the sales on behalf of the filmmakers. Foreign sales are being handled by Shine International.
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