For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn’t a memory. It’s history. A new HBO documentary that premieres on the event’s 18th anniversary treats it that way.
The necessity of her project, “What Happened on September 11,” struck filmmaker Amy Schatz when a third-grade girl told her about a playdate where she and a friend Googled “Sept. 11 attacks.”
“When a child does that, what he or she finds are some pretty horrific images that are not necessarily appropriate for kids,” Schatz said on Tuesday. “So I felt a responsibility to try to fill that void and try to give kids something that isn’t horrifying and kind of fills in the gap.”
“What Happened on September 11” premieres today at 6:00 pm on HBO. A companion piece, “In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11” focusing on the memories of former students at a high school near ground zero, premieres three hours later.
The most famous family conflict in American history, the Hatfield-McCoy feud has evolved into a mythic American tale of jealousy, rage, and revenge — and one which helped create the negative “hillbilly” stereotype that has shaped attitudes towards Appalachia for more than a century.
Yet the truth is much more than a tale of two warring families. It’s the story of a region and its people forced into sudden change by eastern capitalists, who transformed Appalachia from an agrarian mountain community into a coal and timber producing workplace owned and run primarily by outside interests.
“The Hatfield-McCoy feud conjures up this exaggerated image of two warring families shooting at each other across a river for no good reason, but the story of the feud is really about the impact of capitalism and industrialization on rural America,” says director Randall MacLowry. “Mountain families lost their land and their livelihoods in the face of this enormous pressure, and became the victims of media accounts that depicted them as violent, uncivilized, and standing in the way of progress. The Hatfield-McCoy feud is part of that story.”
“The Feud” premieres Tuesday, September 10 on PBS.
History is remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with the two-hour documentary “9/11: Inside Air Force One.”
The documentary takes viewers aboard Air Force One and into the cockpits, command centers, and underground bunkers across the country as government officials grapple with news of the attacks.
The documentary also reveals the recently declassified transcript of the conversation among the nation’s military and civilian high command, known as the Air Threat Conference Call, which highlights the real-time struggles of the country’s leaders to make sense of the scale of the attack, formulate a coherent response, and keep the President of the United States safe.
“9/11: Inside Air Force One” premieres September 11 on History.
Given the dearth of LGBTQ images and movies before the emergence of the gay liberation movement, it’s a remarkable experience to watch “The Queen,” a newly restored, pre-Stonewall documentary that shined a light on the drag queen subculture decades before “Paris Is Burning,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and “Pose” hit the runway.
The 1968 landmark film follows the Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant in New York, circa 1967, and as one might expect, “The Queen” details the intense competition and rigorous preparations that the contestants undergo with their makeup, accessories, and wardrobe.
But what makes “The Queen” special is its ability to take us back in time, letting us be flies on the wall as pioneers of the soon-to-be-born LGBTQ movement grapple with boyfriend issues, the Vietnam War, family problems — and with being underground in a society where cross-dressing can be a crime.
The gender identity and racial undercurrents of the film have a prescient quality, foreshadowing some of the tensions that the LGBTQ community is dealing with today.
National Geographic’s “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” tells the story, without narration, of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing 50 years ago.
The production team made a deliberate decision to tell the story without narration, to make the audience feel more immersed, director Tom Jennings told Space.com.
“What we wanted to do is create a time machine through film,” Jennings said, “to take people back in time — people who, perhaps, were alive then and don’t remember a lot of what went on and people who were too young to remember [now] — so that they could experience that almost in real time.”