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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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Educational DVDs available through Bullfrog Films


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

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