September 11th, 2011 marks the
10-Year Anniversary of James Ronald Whitney's Emmy Award Winning film,

"Telling Nicholas"

On Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 6PM
Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA will be hosting a
Red-Carpet Gala and Special Feature Encore Presentation of Whitney's
documentary that was both inducted into The Museum of Television and Radio,
and chosen by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as
"One of the most outstanding movies of 2002," and included in the Academy's prestigious series.

TIME Magazine describes the film as,
"WRENCHING!...James Ronald Whitney does something different!...
"Telling Nicholas" can be cathartic and even funny, but it is not easy to watch...
Discomfortingly private, yet strangely mediated."

There will also be an earlier 1PM matinee screening of Whitney's film that same day,
and both screenings of "Telling Nicholas" will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
All proceeds will benefit Variety--The Children's Charity of The Desert!

or call (888) 71-TICKETS or (888) 718-4253
Camelot Theatres (760) 325-6565
2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA

HBO will present
2003 Emmy Award Winner

on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 at 6:30pm. This "Eve of September 11th Special Presentation" will be followed by a chat line discussion with the director,
James Ronald Whitney.

James Ronald Whitney's Film,
TELLING NICHOLAS, as one of the most outstanding documentaries of 2002. The Academy will be presenting this film to the general public as part of their prestigious series during the evening of
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 7:30pm at UCLA's James Bridges Theater.
EMMY Award-Winning director/producer/writer, James Ronald Whitney,
will also attend this special screening.


Telling Nicholas

Directed and produced by
James Ronald Whitney
Production Company:
Fire Island Films

From the thousands of fliers of missing loved-ones that wallpapered New York City in the aftermath of 9/11, the filmmaker contacted Michele Lanza's family, whose flier he saw. This film chronicles a husband's painful journey and the unimaginable burden of having to tell their 7-year-old son that his mother was not coming back. The boy's innocence and subsequent friendship with a Muslim teenager, whose father was also killed in the same tragedy, reminds us of how cultures can live harmoniously with each other if they are without prejudice.
16mm, 92 min.

Twin Towers

Directed by Bill Guttentag, Robert David Port
Produced by Guttentag
Production Company:
Wolf Films

Begun as a documentary about a heavily-decorated, retired New York firefighter and his two sons - one of whom became a firefighter, the other a policeman - this film takes a sudden turn when both sons' respective units and precincts are among the first to answer the call for help on September 11. The tragic consequences that follow, for all involved, prompted former Mayor Giuliani to say "Many families were affected by the attack on America, but what this family was asked to bear was really too much."
35mm, 34 min.
Academy Award® winner.

Spotlight on New York

SYFF's tribute to tough-talking New Yorkers and the cityscapes that have long held our attention...

Session Time: Sat 16 November, 7pm

Telling Nicholas

Dir: James Ronald Whitney
Year: 2002
Dur: 90 mins
F: Digital Beta

'As many as 10,000 children lost a parent on September 11, 2001. That is the saddest number that the day produced.' New York Magazine Within hours of the collapse of the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, fliers of missing loved ones wallpapered New York City. After filmmaker James Ronald Whitney was forced from his home by the debris cloud that rose from the ash of the falling towers, he contacted the family of a missing woman he saw on a flier - the mother of 7-year-old Nicholas. Hailed by the New York Times as "an astonishing film", Whitney tells the powerful story of Nicholas, whose father waited ten days before telling him that his mother was dead. Telling Nicholas screened to critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is currently up for selection for next year's Academy Awards.

(check local listings for show times) (HBO pages 1 2)
Telling Nicholas
85 min.

America Undercover presents the heartrending story of a little boy who lost his mother in the Sept. 11 attacks. Seven-year-old Nicholas Lanza lives on Staten Island, N.Y., in the shadow of Manhattan, where his mother, Michele, worked in the World Trade Center. In the 10 days following the tragedy, filmmaker James Ronald Whitney ("Just Melvin, Just Evil") spent time with Nicholas and his extended family as they tried to cope with the loss of their loved one, keeping his camera rolling even as Nicholas's father tried to find the words to tell him that his mother was never coming home. The film also profiles a Muslim teen whose late father worked near the top of the north tower.
Rating: TV-PG
Category: Documentary
Director: James Ronald Whitney
Release Year: 2002

HBO Announces First Frame by Frame Series in San Francisco
indieWIRE: 7.22.02
HBO announced its documentary series, Frame by Frame, will screen for the first time in San Francisco for the first time from August 5 - 12 at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The series, which began in New York will hold its fifth annual event in Gotham this autumn.

Kicking off the event in the Bay Area featuring 26 documentary films are...James Ronald Whitney's "Telling Nicholas" as well as the much heralded "In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01." The film features clips and photos from 100+ New Yorkers and independent filmmakers.

Other highlights planned in this year's Frame by Frame are screenings of "Murder on a Sunday Morning," this year's Oscar-winner for best documentary feature...and Q & A with a host of award-winning filmmakers.

Friday, May 10, 2:30 PM at the Tribeca Grand
Friday, May 11, 11:30 AM at the Tribeca Grand
Tribeca Film Festival information, schedule and directions

The Museum in New York, 25 West 52 Street, New York City
Telling Nicholas
Special Screening: Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 6:30 PM

After the movie, James Ronald Whitney (filmmaker) and Thanbir Ahmed
(featured in "Telling Nicholas") will be speaking on a panel.

America Undercover:
Telling Nicholas
Filmmaker James Ronald Whitney had a close-up view of the World Trade Center on September 11 from his nearby apartment. Forced to flee, he found many friends among the pictures of missing people, but he was drawn to one woman pictured with her young son. He tracked down the boy and his father and documented the delicate process of telling Nicholas that his mother was dead. This is an intense film of grief and loss--not only a powerful portrait of how one family coped with the suffering caused by this national tragedy, but also how one filmmaker affected and was affected by the events. (2002; 85 minutes)

Produced, directed, and written by James Ronald Whitney. Executive produced by Richard Reichgut and, for HBO, Sheila Nevins.

Tickets: $10 ($8 for individual Museum Members); $5 for students with valid ID. Series Price (any 3 events): $24 ($18 for individual Museum Members); $12 for students. Festival Hotline: (212) 621-6699

Telling Nicholas
Screening: April 5 at 10:00 AM

The film's director will be speaking
on a panel on April 6 at noon.
© 2001-03 James Ronald Whitney
See the Web sites for the director's other films: Just, Melvin, and Games People Play
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