1 August 2002Debut of original documentary offersremembrance and renewal through theimages and words flooding public spacesafter 9/11The days and weeks following 9/11 saw a vast outpouring of images and words into the streetsand parks of New York City and nearby communities. Missing posters, artwork by people of allages and abilities, patriotic symbolism, and handwritten notes expressed the anger, grief,astonishment, renewal, love and compassion that we all experienced. They blanketed the streetsin an unprecedented and profound creative phenomenon. Our public places saw an unscripted,hands-on spiritual triage performed by - and for - a devastated community.Yet most people never experienced this phenomenon. As we struggled to find ways to return to asense of normalcy in the weeks that followed the tragedy, we watched endless news of rescueworkers seeking to recover broken bodies. Very few of us got a personal sense of the effortsmade by people seeking to recover our broken hearts. Until now.After 9/11: Remembrance & RenewalWHAT: Debut of a new documentary about healing art and expression after 9/11WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
WHERE: DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, Stevens Institute of Technology, 5th andHudson Streets, Hoboken, New JerseyTICKETS: $100 reserved, $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students. Advancereservations are highly advised since space is limited.BENEFITS: All proceeds benefit a new Stevens scholarship for 9/11 victims children.Tickets may be reserved by calling the DeBaun Auditorium Box Office, (201) 216-8937On Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at 8 p.m., Stevens Institute of Technology will debut a new, original45-minute documentary about this outpouring of human expression - a work produced byStevens with live musical accompaniment - titled "After 9/11: Remembrance & Renewal."Proceeds from this one-time-only event, to be held in Stevens historic DeBaun Auditorium, willbenefit a new Stevens scholarship for children of 9/11 victims. (See the end of this release forticket and event details.)Artwork and photography for the documentary were created by hundreds of people, both knownand unknown, and painstakingly compiled by Hoboken, N.J., writer and designer Jeff Faria.Hoboken animation director Randolph Hoppe put these images into a compelling documentaryformat with voice-overs for DeBaun Auditoriums high-tech projection and sound system.Images in the documentary range from the touching drawings of children to the polished,professional work of the Magnum Photographers.Live music for the event will be provided by New Jerseys own Don Slepian, an electronicmusician and composer par excellence whom Rolling Stone Magazine called "one of the genresmajor talents." The featured singer will be Shara, a rising star and New York City phenomenonin her own right, whose remarkable operatically trained voice has a deeply American andcontemporary resonance. In addition, members of Stevens own Glee Club and Music Departmentwill lend their voices.Voice-overs used in the documentarys soundtrack include 9/11 survivors, teachers, and otherStevens and area community members. The soundtrack showcases poignant original poetry andremembrances of the 9/11 tragedy.Besides the documentary, the Sept. 7 event program will include remarks by guest dignitaries (tobe announced) and Stevens officials, and the awarding of the first-ever Stevens Jerome Lohez 95Memorial Award. An alumnus of Stevens, the late Mr. Lohez was a victim of the World TradeCenter disaster.The public will also have its first opportunity to view, in one place, a special display about thetechnologies Stevens has developed to counteract terrorism, such as its unique and effective landmine detection technology, an innovative cold plasma technology for cleaning lethal biologicalagents (such as anthrax) from surfaces and the air, an academic program in computer securitydesigned to produce the worlds most sophisticated methods to safeguard information, and more.