Out of the Ashes screenings scheduled around anniversary of attacks

 (August 29, 2011)  As the nation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Professor Emeritus Marilyn Berger is showing her film, "Out of the Ashes: 9/11," in and around New York City.

The film will be played at the New York County Lawyers' Association, 14 Vesey Street, just a block from Ground Zero at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12. It's a unique opportunity to see the film an hear from New York County District Attorney (Manhattan), Cyrus Vance, Jr., who will address the audience on the justice aspects of the film. Vance taught Trial Advocacy at the law school as an adjunct. Alumni are invited, but space is limited and you must RSVP.

Berger will also visit Yale and Quinnipiac law schools for screenings and discussions on Sept. 13 and 14. Future visits are being scheduled in New York, California and Washington D.C. for other colleges and conferences.

"Out of the Ashes" was just selected for the Gig Harbor Film Festival in mid-October. Watch for details about the screening time and an alumni gathering.

The film explores the legal, moral, and ethical ramifications of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and its impact on the civil justice system. Through the compelling stories of seven families who were affected by the attacks, it asks important questions, such as: Was the method for calculating the value of a human life an appropriate model? Did the Fund undermine our legal system? Did the Fund hide the facts about 9/11? Or did the Fund offer 9/11 families a way to avoid the cost, complexity, and slow pace of a lawsuit? Was justice delivered?

Read more about Berger's quest to complete her film.

Watch the trailer. Visit the film's website.

Christopher Wong, John Cummings, Fernanda Parra
Class of 2008