Utah Film Maker Awarded For 9/11 Documentary 18 Year Old Prodigy Focuses on Twin Tower Orphans

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A short film made to console a high school friend finds an international audience at red gala fund raiser

Six months ago Cole Sax made a documentary for his fellow students at Park City High School. This week it will be shown to an international audience gathered in New York City to honor the 10th anniversary of the historic terrorist attacks.

“ I created “88 and Sunny” as a therapeutic exercise for my friend and classmate Garrett Shlaag, who lost his father in the World Trade Center tragedy”, explained Sax. “ I just wanted to help Garrett express and share the complex range of emotions he’s forced to deal with every day.”

The film was brought to the attention of Michelle Ritter, CEO of The Twin Towers Orphan Funds. Ritter immediately summoned Sax to New York City so that he and the film could be featured at the organization’s red carpet gala to be held this Friday at The Metropolitan Pavilion.

“I’m just in awe of his work”, remarked Ritter. “It’s almost impossible to believe that Cole was just 18 when he made this. It’s an emotionally moving piece of art that indelibly marks all that view it.”
Sax, now a freshman majoring in film production at The University of Utah, is overwhelmed with the attention his documentary has received. Sax says he has received congratulatory emails from people all over the world who have seen the film online.

“When “88 and Sunny” won my high school film festival, I was really excited…but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would lead to all this”, Sax added.

The Award Winning film, “88 and Sunny” can be viewed online at http://vimeo.com/22011803 or at The Twin Towers Orphan Fund website, http://www.ttof.org.

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