It is hard to believe that it’s been twenty years since 9/11. Everyone has their personal story about where they were and how it affected them. Over the last two decades the world has been changed by that event. The influence of that day runs through every faucet of American life. Countless books, think pieces, films, tv shows, and criticisms have been made about that sunny September day. There have also been countless documentaries about the impact of that infamous day. Does this one stand out?
9/11: Inside the President’s War Room is a very hard documentary to watch. It’s the kind of content that feels more enriching than entertaining to watch. But there’s still value in something that’s made to inform and educate about such tragic events. This doc focuses on the Bush administration as 9/11 was literally going on.
At the end of my interview with Veronica Ferres a few weeks ago, she invited me to the London West Hollywood hotel off of West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip for a screening of Salt and Fire. Instead of writing a review of the event, I wanted to reproduce it. This episode of the Cinephellas podcast is the story my experience and the personal journey it necessitated. I’m forced to confront questions of identity, recognizing the space between the way I see myself and how I’m seen (or unseen) within the Hollywood machine. While those neuroses are being sorted out, I try to pay attention to a David O. Russell-moderated Q & A with Veronica and writer/director of Salt and Fire, Werner Herzog. But the most trying part of the evening is figuring out why Mr. Herzog is as fluffy as llama fur.