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Producers to discuss 9/11 documentary after screening at Torrington campus

by Beth Krane - September 4, 2007

The University’s Litchfield County Writers Project will mark the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a screening and discussion of the 2002 HBO documentary, In Memoriam, New York City, 9/11/01, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, at UConn’s Torrington campus.

Following the screening of the award-winning, one-hour documentary, Davyne Verstandig, director of the Litchfield County Writers Project, will lead a discussion of the making of the film with Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films and a Litchfield County resident, and John Hoffman, vice president of HBO Documentary Films, both of whom produced In Memoriam, and its editor, Paula Heredia.

A reception will be held after the discussion.

In Memoriam, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming, was produced by Brad Grey Pictures and HBO.

The documentary film draws on a collection of still and video material from more than 100 people who witnessed the events of that day, including former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

In 2005, Nevins received the Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the art of the documentary.

She is responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries and family programming for HBO and Cinemax and their multiplex channels.

During her tenure, HBO’s documentary and family programs have won numerous awards.

As executive producer or producer, she has received 17 Prime Time Emmy Awards, 24 News and Documentary Emmys, and 25 George Foster Peabody Awards.

She also has supervised and assigned projects to filmmakers that have gone on to win 18 Academy Awards.

Hoffman’s most recent HBO credits include the 14-part series Addiction (2007); All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise (2006); and Emmy nominee, Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops from the Battlefields of Iraq (2005).

Heredia won an Emmy for In Memoriam, New York City, 9/11/01. She edited the HBO feature length documentaries Addiction; The Vagina Monologues; and most recently Alive Day Memories – Home from Iraq, executive produced by Nevins and James Gandolfini.

Alive Day Memories will air at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, the night before the Torrington campus event.

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