““I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life.” ~Deuteronomy 30:19
September, 2001,was a tumultuous month for my family. We’d sold our Orange County condo, the only home our children had ever known, and on Labor Day moved into a rented townhouse in Burbank, California. The next day I would begin teaching filmmaking at the L.A. Film Studies Center, in the shadow of the Warner Brothers water tower.
The heart of the school was the Media Room with its curtain-cloth couches and theater-sized TV. It was there that the students coffeed each morning. The screen was always on, usually playing someone’s favorite movie. But for some reason, when I walked in on September 11th it was fixed on the New York World Trade Center. A newscaster was recapping the tragic airliner “accident” that had occurred. But then, as we watched, unable to process what we were seeing, a second jet crashed into the other tower. And then, like a special effect…
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