The original footage
for this project was captured on the day of Sept. 13th, 2001
between 4pm and 8pm in San Francisco, California. Consisting
of re-edited material recorded from television channels 02 through
70, this video highlights the strangeness of a day of transition.
Poised at the moment when stations were cautiously returning
to their normal broadcast material, the documentary is full
of awkward and disturbing transpositions that reflect the strategies
of the broadcasters at the time. The piece reveals the emotion,
irony, tackiness, and shock of the immediate post Sept. 11th
American media landscape.
One of the most revealing
aspects of this project is illustrated by the flood of psychological
coping mechanisms that were being broadcast. From prestigious
scientists to World Wide Wrestling stars, celebrities and experts
offering some flavor of advice saturated the media.