Filmmaker’s Name and Title: David Heinz (Writer/Director/Editor)
Film Name: SEPTEMBER 12TH
Length of film: 99 minutes
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
Two strangers, both folk musicians stranded in California, take a road trip to New York in the days after 9/11. A story about the kindness of strangers and the power of music.
What inspired you to make this film?
When the FAA grounded flights on 9/11, thousands of people were stranded all over the country. And I think the first instinct for many of those people was to get home as soon as possible, in any way possible. So there are countless stories of strangers jumping in rental cars or big buses together and driving across the country in the days after September 11th. In fact, I interviewed a number of them while writing the script, and I was really amazed by their stories about the kindness of strangers and the generosity of the country at that time. So it seemed like a subject worth exploring in a film. It’s a feel-good story rooted in truth, and I just don’t think we see enough of those types of films these days. And with the divisiveness we’re all feeling right now, I think the film may be as timely as ever. It seems like the country needs a reminder of what it felt like to be all in this together.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Very tough to narrow it down but off the top of my head: THE GRADUATE, HAROLD & MAUDE, BOTTLE ROCKET