Thursday, April 14, 2011

Is Tuesday Morning In September the new "Perfect Film"?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Over the course of the past few weeks, An Pham, an undergrad at Georgia State, has been emailing me with updates about upcoming screenings of the film Tuesday Morning in September, a single person's home movie documentary account of 9/11.

My name is An Pham and I'm a Junior at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA. This video footage was made known to me less than 6 months ago. I found Tuesday Morning in September to be such a powerful piece of film that I have decided to fully commit to the project.

This is an introduction on my feelings as to what Tuesday Morning in September means to me:

With over two hours of continual footage on the day of 9/11/01, Tuesday Morning in September can be heralded as one of the most inclusive accounts of the day.

Captured from New Jersey, across the Hudson, this vantage point has never been exposed to the public. Going on 9 years since September 11th, 2001, this footage has never been leaked or released to any news agency or any production company since it was shot that day. It has been stowed away for nearly an entire decade.

The affect that this video footage can give, from start to finish, is rather difficult to explain. Without a link or influence by the media or government, it is pure and true to the day of 9/11/01.

There's something unsettling about the experience of watching this footage again.

It is raw, visceral and uncensored.

I'm not sure how to categorize such a film. A home movie? A documentary? Experimental? Found footage?

In some respects, the film feels akin to Ken Jacob's Perfect Film? Here's what Jacobs had to say about the raw newsreel footage covering the assassination of Malcolm X:

I wish more stuff was available in its raw state, as primary source material for anyone to consider, and to leave for others in just that way, the evidence uncontaminated by compulsive proprietary misapplied artistry, "editing", the purposeful "pointing things out" that cuts a road straight and narrow through the cine-jungle; we barrel through thinking we’re going somewhere and miss it all. Better to just be pointed to the territory, to put in time exploring, roughing it, on our own. For the straight scoop we need the whole scoop, or no less than the clues entire and without rearrangement. O, for a Museum of Found Footage, or cable channel, library, a shit-museum of telling discards accessible to all talented viewers/auditors. A wilderness haven salvaged from Entertainment.

Tuesday Morning In September answers Jacobs' call for raw, uncontaminated primary source material.

It's worthy of serious consideration.

The film will be screened at University of West Georgia, 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 14th, 2011.

An promises that more screenings are forthcoming:


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