Report on the 9-11 Film Festival
A Benefit for the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance
and Project Censored
Sunday, September 11, 2005,
Grand Lake Theater, Oakland
Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Lake Avenue, Oakland
Hosted by Bonnie Faulkner of KPFA's- Guns and Butter
Peter Phillips- Director of Project Censored, Film Producer- Ken Jenkins, and researcher Lois Battuello, and Riva Enteen also spoke.
Afternoon Program9-11 and the American Empire (60 minutes)
Hijacking Catastrophe- 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (64 minutes)
Followed by Riva Enteen, Member of the KPFA Local Station Board, former Program Director of the National Lawyer's Guild. Riva was featured in Guerrilla News Network's documentary- Aftermath Unanswered Questions from 9-11. She also was a delegate to the January 8th meeting with Senator Feinstein and Senator Bozer's staff meeting to demand a Congressional Investigation of 9-11, in January 2002. She has been an ardent defender of human rights.- The 9-11 News Special You Never Saw- The Great Conspiracy (74 minutes)
Followed by Peter Phillips- Director of Project Censored. Project Censored has listed the Unanswered Questions of 9-11 amongst the most censored stories of recent years. Peter Phillips spoke at the Emergency Truth Convergence in DC last July when Representative Cynthia McKinney held briefings for Congress questioning the Commission Report.Mohamed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus (60 minutes)
Plus some extra footage of an interview with Atta's girlfriend.
Our apologies on the segment shown on this day- it was not the intended interview- there was a mix-up and the projectionist received the DVD withour proper instructions on what to show on the day of the event.
Followed by Lois Battuello, researcher, who suggested that Daniel Hopsicker go down to Florida and investigate Atta and the Flight School where he trained. Lois is extremely knowledgable about the lates findings on Atta and his shady connections.
Behind Every Terrorist- There is a Bush (60 minutes)
San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11 (29 minutes)
Unfortunately, due to another mix-up this documentary was not shown. We had just finished Behind Every Terrorist- There is a Bush when we went ahead to organize the film festival and perhaps a next to final cut, minus the 28 minute documentary went to Oakland, instead of the final cut- by mistake.
Followed by Ken Jenkins who edited Behind Every Terrorist -There is a Bush and produced the documentary on the San Francisco International Inquiry which he also helped organize. He also produced two documentaries of David Ray Griffin and continues to edit and work on producing better materials to raise consciousness on 9/11 and the psychological/spiritual challenges that face us.
Celsius 9-11 (120 minutes)
Details on the Films-
- 1:00 pm - Hijacking Catastrophe- 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (64 minutes)
Followed by Riva Enteen
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home. The documentary places the Bush administrationís false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the cold war, and to expand American power globally by means of military force. At the same time, the documentary argues that the Bush administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11.
Narrated by Julian Bond, Hijacking Catastrophe features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first-hand how the Bush administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq.
At its core, the film places the deceptions of the Bush administration within the larger frame of questions seldom posed in the mainstream: What, exactly, is the agenda that drove the administration's pre-war deceptions? How is 9/11 being used to sell this agenda? And what are the stakes for America, Americans, and the world if this agenda succeeds in being fully implemented during a second Bush term?
Produced by the Media Education Foundation
- 2:30 pm - The Great Conspiracy- The 9-11 News Special You Never Saw (74 minutes)
Followed by Peter Phillips, Director of Project Censored
The so-called war on terrorism is drilled hypnotically into the public mind as the imperative reality of realities. Washington insists all other values and projects must bend to this culture of fear, this quasi-religious be-all and end-all.
Leaders and the media promote this holy of holies, this Western jihad. They are confidant that few will dare question its ultimate validity, which is based on the sacred invocation, "Remember September 11." Without the linchpin of the official story of the events of 9/11 this crusade would be a much harder sell. People confuse their sympathy for the victims with their certainty about the perperators. But a quick loook at key evidence will reveal the official story to be fraudulent. One example: The bizarre collapse - at 5:25 pm on 9/11 - of the undamaged World trade Center Building 7. Michael Kane stands at Ground Zero and states the obvious. It was a controlled demolition. Disgracefully but typically, the media have blanketed the collapse in silence. But the photographic evidence is damning.
The "war on terror" is actually a war of terror - and deceit. US covert agents and their allies cherry pick millions of files. They come up with names and information, real and or fabricated, to manufacture "terror alerts" and arrest "terror suspects," almost all with Arab names. Big headlines and the familiar "mug shots" follow. Most of these suspects are quietly released much later without even being charged. Follow-up stories are tiny.
The war of terror is transparently self serving to those who promote it, reaping profits for the arms and security industries, bestowing power on the "intelligence community" and the military, and rounding up votes for politicians.
Historically, it is the rule that leaders conspire in secret to manufacture violent incidents against their own countries or people, to mobilize their publics into supporting wars of aggression masked as defensive reaction. We, humankind, must take off our blinders, see through the deceits,and reject endless violence as the solution to everything.
The Great Conspiracy explores other anomalies of 9/11. Why didn't a single military jet interceptor turn a wheel until it was too late? How can one explain George Bush reading a story about a pet goat while New York burned? Why did he wait 411 days before setting up the 9/11 Commission? Why is its report riddled with omissions?
Produced by Barrie Zwicker
- Mohamed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus (60 minutes)
Followed by Lois Battuello Three of the four terrorist pilots learned to fly in tiny Venice, Florida, a sleepy retirement community with the second oldest population of any city in the entire United States... They attended flight schools owned by two Dutch nationals, one of whom has Mob ties... Did 19 Arab terrorists from desert Kingdoms roam around in Florida as if they'd been listening to Tom Petty albums all their lives all by themselves? Or were they being trained here in a still-secret covert intelligence operation that somehow went horribly wrong?
Produced by Daniel Hopsicker
Behind Every Terrorist- There is a Bush
Behind Every Terrorist - There is a Bush was a benefit show for the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11. It featured talented comics, great music, brilliant flash movies, spoken word, and the confessions of a 9-11 truth activist.
Cast in order of Appearance-
David Rovics- The voice of the Global Justice Movement." Songs include- American Reichstag, Operation Iraqi Liberation, Who Would Jesus Bomb?, and After the Revolution.
Comedian Rene Hicks- Nominated for an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. She is a two-time recipient of the coveted National Comedian of the Year Award.
Take Back The Media is a cooperative project by progressive American citizens. The Protest That Never Was features Symbolman and millionaire, Jimmy Walters, www.reopen911.org. The flash movie- Bush Not a Nazi was also a creation of Symbolman (Michael Stinson).
Carol Brouillet- 9-11 Truth hyperactivist , publisher of the Deception Dollar, and mother of three boys.
Drew Dellinger- Drew is a poet, teacher, rap artist author of Love Letter to the Milky Way.
Bill Santiago- Once a journalist for the Washington Post and the Miami Herald, he assumes that people have brains as well as funny bones.
Will Durst- He has appeared on every comedy show featuring a brick wall, & received 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year.
View it online at http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-1026437698719449439
Edited by Ken Jenkins. Produced by Carol Brouillet and the Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance. VHS video available and DVD (DVD includes bonus documentary on the San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11, March 2004, 28 minutes), Specify video or DVD, send $20 to The Northern California 9-11 Truth Alliance, PO Box 60511, Palo Alto, CA 94306. For large quantities, call Carol Brouillet 650-857-0927.
- 7:00 pm - The San Francisco International Inquiry into 9-11 (30 minutes)
Followed by Ken Jenkins
An overview of the three day gathering of 9-11 researchers, authors, documentary film makers, activists, Ellen Mariani and her lawyer, Phil Berg that took place in March, 2004.
- 9-11 and the American Empire (60 minutes)
Griffin starts by establishing the American Empire as real and not benign, quoting numerous authors on the left and right. Then, following the reasoning put forth in his highly acclaimed book The New Pearl Harbor and his more recent book The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, he gives abundant evidence that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by the Bush administration, for the purpose of expanding this empire. The talk concludes with suggestions of what we can do about this situation. A question-and-answer period follows.
This talk is aimed particularly at religious people who take seriously the moral principles that their religion has in common with the other religions of the world.
David Ray Griffin, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at the Claremont School of Theology, has published over 25 books and 150 articles. (Here is a link to an LA TIMES article about Griffin which appeared August 28, 2005- entitled Getting Agnostic about 9/11 - A Society of Nonbelievers question the official version.)
Edited and produced by Ken Jenkins.
- "Celsius 9-11" (120 minutes)
Highlights of the International Citizens' Inquiry into 9/11, March 2004, San Francisco & May 2004 Toronto, Canada. A good, concise overview of the work of some of the top independent 9/11 researchers including Mike Ruppert, Carol Brouillet, Richard Heinberg, Barrie Zwicker, Michel Chossudovsky, Jim Hoffman and others.
Director: Jeremy Wright
Report on September 10th, the 4th Annual 9-11 Truth for Peace and Justice Rally and March in San Francisco
Report on September 11th Films, Discussions, Dialogue, Reflection
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