Out of the Clear Blue Sky
With director Danielle Gardner in person
Dir. Danielle Gardner. 2013, 108 mins. Digital projection. On September 11, 2001, Cantor Fitzgerald became famous for the worst of all possible reasons; 658 of their employees were missing in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Though Cantor suffered more casualties than any other organization, their story was soon pushed aside as the media ambushed CEO Howard Lutnick, who went from face-of-the-tragedy to pariah within weeks. A true stranger-than-fiction account, unfolding over months and years, the film captures what it feels like to be caught in the crosshairs of history. The award-winning documentary filmmaker Danielle Gardner, known for her feature film Soul in the Hole about New York street basketball, lost her brother Douglas Gardner, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, in the 9/11 attacks.
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