Young filmmaker revisits September 11th

April 28, 2011 2:56:33 PM PDT
On September 11th, Brook Peters recalls being in his classroom when the first tower was hit as well as the second tower.

He was only four on September 11th, almost too young to process what happened.

"I remember me on my mother's shoulders looking at the towers," Peters said "We were running."

Those memories are what prompted Peters to pick up a video camera when he was just eleven-years old and start interviewing other kids in Lower Manhattan about what they remembered.

Some of the kids had never even talked to their own parents about the events, but they opened up to Peters.

"I think they were more open because it helped in that sense," Peters said.

Peter filmed 18 hours of footage, and turned that footage, which was mostly interviews, into a thirty-eight minute documentary.

Peters calls his documentary The Second Day because he was in his second day of kindergarten when the planes hit. Peters documentary premiers at the TriBeCa Family Festival, held at the end of the TriBeCa Film Festival.

"I didn't know it would go this big," Peters said.

It actually got so big that Peters was honored on Thursday at City Hall. His mother Michelle is thrilled with what her son has accomplished.

"It was a great idea, that's what makes me so proud," Michelle said.

Peters is also proud of his accomplishments.

"I am just over the moon," Peters said. "It's bigger than I ever thought it would be."

This is not all we will get from Peters. There's more to come. Peters is working on a follow up documentary while studying at the Clinton School for Writers and Artists.

With one documentary under his belt, Peters is already both a writer and an artist. He is a fourteen-year old filmmaker with stories to tell.

A special free screening of "The Second Day" followed by a short panel discussion will be held at 3pm on Saturday, April 30th at BMCC Tribeca PAC (at 199 Chambers Street, between Greenwich & West Streets). Theater opens at 2:30.