Shortly after September 11th, 2001, filmmaker Jim Whitaker began working on a project that would serve as a living testament to honor 9/11 victims and hereos. His documentary, “Rebirth,” focuses on the lives of those deeply affected by the tragedy. Five individuals, each coping with a unique hardship caused by the attacks, were interviewed annually on the anniversary of 9/11 from 2002 through 2009. As a counterpart to the emotional rebirth undergone by the heroes of the film, Whitaker used 14 time-lapse cameras placed around Ground Zero to document the physical rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. The result is a powerful film that both honors the victims of 9/11 and demonstrates the resiliency of the survivors.
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies has been honored to have served as government relations counsel to Project Rebirth. Stuart Shorenstein, a member of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, sits on the Board of Directors of Project Rebirth. In addition to being responsible for the film “Rebirth,” Project Rebirth has partnered with Georgetown University to help support victims of and first responders to major disasters in the future.
On Friday, January 21, 2011, "Rebirth" premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Afterwards, Justin Wineburgh and Stuart Shorenstein of Cozen O’Connor hosted a reception for the film. Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies is proud to be associated with "Rebirth" and believes that this film will be important to the public understanding of the coping process, and the gradual rebirth, of New York City and its citizens.
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Brian Rafferty (Chairman of the Board, Project Rebirth), Caitlin Olson (Executive Director, Project Rebirth), Tim Brown (a retired NYC firefighter who survived the collapse of the Towers, but lost his best friend and 343 fellow firefighters), Nick Chirls (a high school student who lost his mother), Brian Lyons (a construction worker who lost his brother, assisted with recovery efforts, and now works building the Freedom Tower today), Ling Yun (a survivor from an impact floor of the South Tower, who sustained 3rd degree jet fuel burns over the majority of her body), Tanya Villanueva Tepper (a young woman who lost her fiancé), and Jim Whitaker (the director), hugging Stuart Shorenstein (Cozen O’Connor, New York).
Justin Wineburgh (Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia) talking to Director Jim Whitaker
Justin Wineburgh (Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia) and Stuart Shorenstein (Cozen O’Connor, New York) talking to Nick Chirls of "Rebirth."