Monday, September 11, 2006

Fifth Anniversary of Attacks Observed With Openings of 'Press For Truth', C-SPAN Press Conference

This morning, for the 5th anniversary of September 11th, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, chairman and co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission of which the families in '9/11 Press For Truth' were so critical, held a luncheon in the ballroom of the National Press Club in D.C. As the event transpired, 'Press For Truth' held a press conference next door in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club. The Complete 9/11 Timeline author Paul Thompson and 'Press For Truth' executive producer Kyle F. Hence were joined by several 9/11 victim's relatives, who spoke emotionally demanding a new, truly independent investigation.

Volunteers then departed to deliver DVDs of 'Press For Truth' to Kean and Hamilton, as well as Congressmen and press. The event was televised live on C-SPAN, resulting in a huge surge of hits to
Watch the C-SPAN 'Press For Truth' press conference.

After that, Thompson and Hence appeared by phone on 1100AM KFNX Phoenix, Arizona, for 'The Charles Goyette Show' (voted Phoenix's Best Talk Host) to promote tomorrow's Tempe, AZ, opening of 'Press For Truth', to be attended by director Ray Nowosielski and co-producer John Duffy, the latter of whom also appeared for an hour on a different Phoenix radio show -- 'The Jay Lawrence Show', KTAR 620 AM -- at the same time that Thompson and Hence talked to Goyette. Listen to an MP3 recording of Duffy's show.

Thompson then joined Randi Rhodes nationally on Air America for the fourth time in just over a month(!), this time to discuss the controversy over ABC's TV movie 'Path to 9/11', which has been called misleading and propagandistic, and to point toward 'Press For Truth' as the antidote. You can listen to an MP3 recording of the show by clicking on the "Sept. 11 Show" archive at the right side of this page.

Meanwhile, 'Press For Truth' executive producer Rory O'Connor discussed the movie on San Francisco radio's 'The Will and Willie Show', hosted by comedian Will Durst and former SF mayor Willie Brown.

And this evening in Los Angeles, Nowosielski, along with associate producers Jason Klamm and Matt Saxe -- who coordinated the event (Thank you both!) -- attended the Hollywood premiere of 'Press For Truth' at CineSpace. The venue is a true one-of-a-kind. A posh club consisting of several themed rooms, two bars, a smoking balcony, and a main theater. Each room is filled with wide plasma screens everywhere the eye might turn, and the movie's audio is pumped in through speakers in every room.

Critics from Variety, LA Weekly, and the Village Voice turned out. In the audience were filmmaker Jane Fitzgerald (associate producer, 2004's 'Twist of Faith') and television actor A Martinez ('L.A. Law', 'Profiler'), who, at the Q&A afterward, pointedly asked Nowosielski, "What can we do?"

View photos of the L.A. premiere.

At the same time in Austin, Texas, long-time Banded Artists office manager Talena Martinez and partner Jon Roberts, webmaster and animator of maps and other additional graphics for 'Press For Truth', ran the opening at Regal Arbor Cinema at Great Hills. Thanks much to both of you. Across town, a simultaneous showing occurred for the students at the University of Texas at Austin. Thanks to Matt Dayton for his help organizing that.

Nowosielski will be hopping a bus tomorrow to Phoenix, Arizona. Please join him, and co-producer John Duffy, for the opening of the movie at the original Harken Theater in Tempe. And if you are in Chicago, please join director Ray Nowosielski at the opening there on Wednesday night at The Portage Theater.

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