Most Americans have a compelling or noteworthy story to tell when it comes to discussing the tragic events of 9/11. Personally, I was working for a major mental health insurance company that managed several accounts of companies that were housed in the World Trade Center and/or severely impacted by the events that occurred on that day – including American Airlines, United Airlines, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. For a company that was used to the constant ringing of phones, and all day assistance of people dealing with various issues, the phone lines slowed when the first plane hit, and subsequently came to a complete halt when the second plane made impact with the Towers.
What I most remember, after that day, was speaking to consumers who called for months with harrowing stories of deceased family members/colleagues, escaping and survivor’s remorse, and persistent fears of returning to work – especially those employed in the airline industry. It was, without question, one of the most heart-wrenching and humbling experiences I’ve ever had.
Over the years since, there have been several films made with actual and theorized accounts of that day (including Paul Greengrass’s United 93) and today 9/11, starring Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzman, Gina Gershon and Wood Harris, joins that group and opens in theaters nationwide.
“9/11” is based on a true story and adapted from the original play “The Elevator,” which chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.
Do you remember where and what you were doing when 9/11 occurred? Send an email to email@example.com telling us, with the subject line “Remember 9/11” and your full name and address in the body. MMT will select one winner to receive:
1 – 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen
1 – “Hope” Pendant with necklace
1 – Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children
You can download a digital copy of the resource guide from Tuesday’s Children and learn more about its organization, which helps traumatized, grief-stricken children and families and communities left reeling from terrorism or traumatic loss, at the official “911” movie website here.
I also encourage you to check out the 9/11 movie Blog App where you can:
• Read and share the 9/11 fact cards, provided by Tuesday’s Children
• Watch behind-the-scenes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, and Luis Guzman
Subscribers can also Tweet @musicfilmdiva and @9_11Movie, and use the hashtag #Remember911, to pay tribute to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Remember, any tweets or social media shares tagging us (@MMThoughts on Facebook) always increases your chances of winning.
You can watch the full trailer and read the synopsis for “9/11” below, and get additional information at the official website here.
Good luck family. Until next thought, Thomasena
9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all-star cast including Luis Guzman(The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).
In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.
Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.
With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.