REBIRTH is being released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories in late August (opening in Los Angeles on August 26 and in New York on August 31). In addition, Showtime will broadcast REBIRTH on the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th.
REBIRTH is a riveting journey into the indomitable human spirit that drives people to transcend the unthinkable, and rise from the ashes to find renewal and hope. A living history, it is an act of personal witness to one of the most profoundly consequential events in American history – and the unseen healing that has come in its wake. Directed by Jim Whitaker and the result of a decade-long sojourn by a team of renowned filmmakers, REBIRTH follows the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 – and simultaneously tracks via unprecedented, multi-camera, time-lapse photography the minute-by-minute evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose. What emerges from the mix is a singular cinematic experience, at once emotionally intimate and spiritually exhilarating – providing a direct portrait of how grief, anger and chaos metamorphose into connection, purpose and new dreams as the human spirit rebuilds and rediscovers its sustaining powers.
The film as well as other original programming created by the REBIRTH team will eventually be housed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum located at Ground Zero. All proceeds from REBIRTH will go to the Project Rebirth Center to develop and provide new multi-media tools to aid the therapists, academics, first responders and others working with people dealing with grief.
Forged through the generous support of hundreds who helped shepherd the epic, ten-year production, REBIRTH was produced by David Solomon and Jim Whitaker, with Danielle Beverly serving as field producer. The director of photography is Tom Lappin and the editors are Kevin Filippini and Brad Fuller. The film’s original score is composed by Academy Award winner Philip Glass.