9/11 film festival brings “truthers” to Grand Lake

9/11 film festival brings “truthers” to Grand Lake

By Lauren Callahan/Oakland North

The article begins:

Eight years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a group of people who call themselves “truthers”—those who insist that the American government’s version of that day’s events is a lie—will gather at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater Wednesday and Thursday for a film festival.

For the last five years, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, an organization that seeks to further people’s understanding about the September 11, 2001 attacks, has sponsored the festival, which brings together filmmakers, speakers and other activists who share the belief that the government has impeded the truth about 9/11 from being shared.

“At this time of year, people are more apt to be reflective or thinking about our issue and open to deepening their understanding of an event that has had such a huge impact upon our lives, our country and the world,” said Carol Brouillet, spokesperson for the alliance. Last year’s festival, which serves as a fundraiser for the organization, raised nearly $5,000."...

It's actually quite a lengthy article with detailed interviews of the patron of the film festival, Allen Michaan, one of the filmmakers, Eric Nadler, and the local survivor/artist, Janette MacKinlay.

Although I never call us "truthers" and so do not like to use or hear that term, I felt it was a good article, despite the factual errors that I noticed. While I did supply Lauren with the financial picture of the film festival (and probably have the exact numbers on my computer, I think we raised $5000 or more, probably not less at last year's film festival. I have asked Allen, if we could have the theater for several different events, including the film festival in the past five years, but the first film festival (which I think he remembers incorrectly), I'm sure he approached me and I accepted the offer, rather than the other way around, since I was already working on a different event in San Francisco- and I didn't even attend that first festival at the Grand Lake Theater. I remember coming up with the program, films, speakers, and asking Bonnie Faulkner and Peter Phillips to host it, which they did.

No big deal, but I just wanted to clarify the history of the film festival, which I also wrote about, to be included in this year's film festival program.

I would sat between 350 and 400 people attended last night's opening. Korey Rowe and Dylan Avery both answered questions after the World Premiere of Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup. If I didn't have so much to do to get ready for today's program, I would describe it in greater detail, but there was scant media presence, besides our own. Swedish TV, the Chinese World Daily, someone from Wired were there, as well as Lauren Callahan, cameras in tow who will do another article for Friday.

Lauren asked me to estimate the turnout. We started late, and really didn't have time to do proper promotion despite the stellar lineup of speakers and films. I told her I'd be very happy with 400 and disappointed with 200 and that if 300 showed up- they would probably be my friends. I was glad to see so many of my friends at the event, but I think we drew a few people who hadn't been before. One thing we did do this year was create a survey- to see how people found out about the film festival and and how it has affected their understanding of 9/11. So I will write a more detailed account of what happened after this week's events.

Thanks Carol

You are doing one hell of a job. We need more "Truthers" like you. Seriously what would be a good name for people who don't believe the "Official Story"?

Name is not needed

We don't need a name. A name serves to identify someone that we would otherwise have a more difficult time identifying, such as someone who represents a minority viewpoint. A so-called "birther" arguably could be considered an example of this. Someone might say "oh you're one of them" in reference to a birther because they represent a view held by a minority of the population. On the other hand, the "truther" label does not make sense because everyone wants the "truth". Therefore, why would you make the effort to call someone a "truther" to point this out? Similar story for those who question the official story, since the majority of people do question it. You know what I would call those people? Normal.

To be honest

I don't think we are the minority anymore. Perhaps we could call ourselves 9/11 normies.


If Not Me? Who? If Not Now? When?

Did anyone see An American

Did anyone see "Loose Change: An American Coup"? If so, what are your thoughts?


badass. It felt short and to-the-point (in a good way). Dylan admitted he only had a month to do most of the work by himself, but it seemed to be the most-polished of the Loose Change documentaries. The narration by Danial Sunjata was flawless, and the graphics/music/transitions between various topics kept the pace set perfectly (I admit almost falling asleep at a screening of Final Cut). The best part about this documentary is that it will receive a MUCH WIDER distribution than the last few films.

"A time comes when silence is betrayal." -Martin Luther King Jr.



Carol you are a gifted, committed and special lady! Thanks to you and the team for putting on a magnificent festival, I even got to shoot camera for Ken Jenkins!

Jeremy Goodfeather was fabulous too: http://www.myspace.com/jeremygoodfeather

and the unstoppable Maria Gilardin: http://tucradio.org