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|Loose Change Final Cut|
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|Date||Wednesday October 05|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
|HumanistHall [at] Yahoo.com|
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Film evenings begin with potluck refreshments and social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion after the film.
Loose Change Final Cut
Directed by Dylan Avery
This disturbing and mesmerizing film methodically takes us back through a guided tour of the official 9/11 story, and simultaneously shows us footage and testimony that allows us to view that familiar narrative in a markedly different light. Elements of the official story are shown to be ridiculous, at complete odds with what is shown by archival footage, or strangely out of place when viewed in light of the rest of the government’s version of events. A voiceover narration by director Dylan Avery reinforces key points, and asks us to think carefully about others. Large amounts of startling and unsettling information are conveyed, much of it almost hypnotically at variance from the official narrative of 9/11 that we all remember. The effect is gripping. The film is elegiac, frequently arresting, disquieting at times, frightening in its implications, and energizing in how it depicts a way forward for the viewers who comprehend the import of its message.
The film covers a large amount of 9/11 territory. To point out just a few of the events the film focuses on, we see footage from CNN of an E-4B aircraft — a giant white jumbo used by the government as a hyper sophisticated communications device — circling over Washington during the time of the initial 9/11 attack. The CNN news report, emphasizing the oddness of the event, dubs the aircraft a “9/11mystery plane.” When CNN directly questions the military about the subject, the military refuses to acknowledge the plane’s existence. Another event the film discusses is the collapse of the WTC towers — in pointed detail. We see a rapid montage of live-to-air witnesses from TV discussing the collapse of the buildings on the day of the attacks, the footage of which runs for nearly 5 minutes. Witness after witness exclaims “We heard explosions,” “There was an explosion,” “We just saw a big explosion,” and so on, and so on. A reporter asks a policeman to clarify if he really witnessed an explosion, or just debris falling from the building. The policeman repeats that it was an explosion. Another event the film covers is the Indian Lake Borough mayor Barry Lichty discussing the events at Shanksville, shaking his head with bemusement as he pages through the 9/11 Commission Report, reading a version of events that does not match what he saw and heard that day. We witness footage of rescue crew teams investigating the official Shanksville crash site. One of the searchers on camera walks back and forth over the debris field, visibly perplexed at the lack of debris. Another event later on that the film focuses on shows us the members of the 9/11 Commission, highlighting their relationships to various companies and organizations that benefited from the attacks and the subsequent war on terror. The section concludes with a surreal shot of “Executive Director” Philip Zelikow, who, as now recorded by author Philip Shenon, told the commission exactly what he wanted the final report to say before they’d begun gathering any evidence.
Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street
$5 donations are accepted
Added to the calendar on Thursday Sep 29th, 2011 11:31 PM