Filmmaker Releases Never-Before-Seen Footage From Ground Zero

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Filmmaker and former firefighter Lou Angeli recalls the rescue and recovery effort at the World Trade Center in a new 2 hour broadcast footage package that is being made available for license to broadcasters, filmmakers, educators and stock footage libraries.

For the first time in nearly 5 years, new footage is being released of the rescue effort that took place at Ground Zero during the days that followed the attack on America. The images were filmed by veteran video journalist Lou Angeli, who spent 16 days documenting activities at the disaster site.

"The men and women who were there during those first days -- those who experienced the pure chaos -- can close their eyes and remember it all," Angeli says. But he adds that the general public is still unaware of what really took place at Ground Zero.

Now, nearly 5 years after the tragedy, Angeli offers a behind the scenes, close-up look of the rescue and recovery effort in the Red Zone. His camera focuses on the men and women who volunteered to assist in what was clearly the most dramatic and dangerous rescue in American history. CNN's Carol Lyn recalls Angeli's footage as "...a front line view of the grittiness of what happened in the hours and the days right after that attack."

"As a firefighter, as well as a filmmaker, I wanted to share my experience of what it was really like at Ground Zero from the perspective of the rescue and recovery workers" Angeli says. "I wanted the public to see not only the physical and emotional exhaustion of these brave men and women, but the way they worked together with such an amazing level of cooperation and compassion."

The filmmaker is offering a short-form DVD preview of this historic collection of never before broadcast footage. Qualified members of the press, broadcast producers and other filmmakers are invited to make their requests by emailing or by phoning 302-650-2004.

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