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From the Ground Up
"The brave are those who see
imminent danger and still walk into it."
That's how Maureen Fanning, widow of NY Firefighter Captain Jack Fanning, describes the selfless sacrifice the FDNY made on September 11, 2001. 343 New York City firefighters died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The bravest of the brave; they were fathers, sons, brothers, and most were husbands.
"FROM THE GROUND UP 10 Years After 9/11" is the story of their widows. It is the story of trying to make sense of madness, of comforting their children and mourning their losses while the world watches. It's the journey, taking two steps forward and one step back, through tears, depression, and laughter, to triumph through tragedy. It's the story of honoring their heroes in the most fitting personal ways they can imagine.
From The Ground Up has been broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network and PBS.
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Film Festivals & Awards:
San Luis Obispo, Audience Choice Award
Heartland, Crystal Heart Award
Sedona Film Festival, Best Short Doc
Staten Island Film Festival, Best Short Doc
Temecula Valley Film Festival, Best Short Doc
Montana CINE, Honorable Mention for Storytelling
Woods Hole Film Festival
Mountainfilm in Telluride
Chicago United Film Festival
New York United Film Festival
Crested Butte Film Festival
Big Bear Lake Inspirational Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
DocuWest Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival