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StoryCorps 9/11 Series

Public Television’s StoryCorps oral history project selected three histories to be animated commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

We’ve mentioned StoryCorps a couple of times before on Facebook and Twitter. A project of US Public Television, producers send mobile recording vans around the country to preserve oral histories of normal Americans. Some of the best of these oral histories then get adapted by the talented team of art director Bill Wray and animators the Rausch Brothers into short animations; films that are equally valuable as stand-alone documentaries and as advertising for the larger StoryCorps project. Danny and Annie, their most famous animation to date, was a certifiable viral hit, seen my millions of online viewers.

Now, in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we’re given three new animations that present the memories of those who lost loved ones that tragic day. Maintaining the same vintage cartoony-style of the series, these films carry an added emotional heft due to the tragedy inherent in their stories. They are simple works, befitting the everyday lives that were nonetheless changed forever nearly 10 years ago. While the whole point of the larger project is to highlight and preserve the the fact that amazing narratives are all around us, it seems especially important for huge cultural-defining events like 9/11. The geo-political scope becomes, at least for me, too much, transforming it in my mind into some sort of abstraction. The reason 9/11 is a tragedy is that it happened to people not unlike you or me, and these films do an amazing job of crystallizing that central truth.

Below are the three films, click the image to view, and consider donating to the project below as well. Storycorps has made it a stated goal to record one history for every person killed in the attacks.

 

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Always a Family

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She Was the One

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John and Joe

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    John and Joe won’t be released until tomorrow. I jumped the gun a bit when I saw it up, but now it is private again. Please check it out when its officially released. 

  • FeloniousPunk

    Yowzer! I just saw “Always a family” and now I’m a wreck! This is great work. After watching these three, I’ll make sure to check out “Dannie and Annie”, but that one’s not about the 9/11 attacks, is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    Nope. But Danny and Annie is a tear jerker too. You are forewarned!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    The third film, “John and Joe” is up! Thanks for the patience!

  • FeloniousPunk

    Okay, I saw the other two 9/11 movies. My thoughts are all screwed up and my face is soaking wet. People are all so loveable. We should cherish each and every one. Never give a person a reason to do something desperate, and never give a person a reason to be ripped from his or her life, his or her loved ones, and his or her opportunity to grow. That’s all I got right now. You all have a good day!