It was at just about this very moment five years ago that I woke up late in Toronto...Anthony Kaufman was banging on the hotel room door screaming something about an attack in New York as he continued running down the hall to check on his wife. Confused, I turned on the TV just as the second tower started to fall. (The continually ringing phone that morning suddenly made sense...).
Needless to say, the festival was interrupted and in the first few days after 9/11, many of us here viewed the tragedy, in part, through the context of this event. We spent almost 24 hours straight in front of the TV either at the hotel room or in the lobby of the Park Hyatt with industry friends. Today I re-read a bunch of our coverage from that week: indieWIRE Dispatch 9/12 | indieWIRE Dispatch 9/14 | indieWIRE column (Ray Pride) | indieWIRE column (Anthony Kaufman)
I don't really have anything else to add, its just been a morning of looking back...
[photo © eugene hernandez, may 1994]