StoryCorps has released a set of animated short films telling the stories of people whose loved ones died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, over 50,000 everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. It is hoped that each person who died in the September 11 attacks will have their story recorded.
On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy—the family they built together. Click on the image below to play Always a Family in YouTube (HD)
John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss. Click on the image below to play John and Joe in YouTube (HD)
When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life. They were engaged and living together in Brooklyn when Karen was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Here, Richie remembers Karen, his love and inspiration. Click on the image below to play the She Was The One in YouTube (HD)
Animation was directed at Rauch Brothers by animator Tim Rauch, art director Bill Wray, producers Lizzie Jacobs and Mike Rauch. Sound was produced by Michael Garofalo at StoryCorps. Music was by Fredrik, The Kora Records, House of Hassle.
Funding was provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and National Endowment for the Arts.