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Project to archive HD documenting the recovery of NY in 2001

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After the 911 incident, our filmmaker team from New York University and Columbia University spent a few months with HDCAM cameras capturing the lives of New York City residents recovering from the hardship and recorded approximately 800 minutes of HDCAM footage. They then produced and screened "Manhattan 2001," an 8-minute HD filler dedicated to the memory of 911 and the recovery of the citizens of New York City.

The film focuses on the lives of New York City residents, including Ground Zero, Wall Street, Chinatown, Union Square, Javits Center, Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn Heights, Jersey City, Penn Station, and the 2001 Columbus Parade (Oct.8,2001) and more.

After the World Trade Center Incident in September 2001, the rescue efforts, supporters, the suffering of the people of New York City, and the spirit of solidarity in the face of hardship were recorded on a high-definition HDCAM camera, which was rare at the time, and over 800 minutes of professional HDCAM tape was recorded by filmmakers from New York University and Columbia University. However, some of the video files were lost due to HDD corruption. Since most of the unreleased footage is still on tape, we will digitize it and create metadata for each scene as soon as possible and make it available to the public in the hope that it will lead to new information related to the victims. The unreleased footage includes many positive activities of people at 911-related charities, the 2001 Columbus Parade, Central Park, and other events. We need your support to purchase equipment such as HDCAM tape decks and servers for professional use, to produce clips for public viewing, and to manage the viewing data.
The purchase of equipment for the archive and the start of editing work is scheduled for July 2024, and the archive will be made available to the public in the summer.
The goal is to raise an initial $50,000 to purchase HDCAM equipment for the archive, RAID, cloud servers, and archival data production with meta-data for each clip.
We would like to contribute to 911 remembrance and help make 911 memories accessible to as many people as possible.
Thank you for your warm support.

We have created temporary Facebook and Instagram accounts for this project. I will post the small amount of HD video data that I was able to digitize, but most of the valuable video data is still on tape.



Masahiko Honge
Producer and Cinematographer
(New York University Tisch School, 2001 ITP Graduates)

Project Information:

Donations (3)

  • Hiroko Watanabe
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Fujio Nakagawa
    • $30 
    • 3 mos
  • 裕子 提中
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
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