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9/11 Museum’s 20th-Anniversary Exhibitions Become Victims of Cuts

Critics say the museum keeps too tight a rein on the story.
A forthcoming documentary, “The Outsider,” which will be released online in August, recalls the conflicts among museum executives and includes six years of footage from private meetings in which some leaders were critical of Greenwald’s approach to codifying history.

Created by the filmmakers Pamela Yoder and Steven Rosenbaum, the film discusses the unusual restrictions on protests and demonstrations throughout the museum site. (“You can’t sing. At a site celebrating freedom and liberty, protests and demonstrations are prohibited,” Michael Kimmelman wrote in The Times in 2014.)

The documentarians, who in 2009 donated more than 500 hours of archival recordings from 9/11, one of the museum’s biggest gifts, say their understanding was that scholars would be free to access the archives. The filmmakers say researchers are asked to sign a contract that gives the museum the right to review and reject scholars’ papers before publication. (The museum said its research consent form gives it “the right to conduct an advance review of a publication’s ‘portrayal of the information’ to ensure accuracy.”)

Lawyers representing the institution recently requested that the documentarians remove 36 clips from “The Outsider,” which the museum described as “inaccuracies and distortions.”

“If somebody is going to be loose with the facts, then it’s going to be called out,” Greenwald, the chief executive, said. “There is a desire to make sure the institution is presented correctly.”
The filmmakers have resisted their suggestions. “Their decision has been to codify, control and limit,” said Rosenbaum.

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TIME MAGAZINE: August 19, 2021: “The Outsider Unpacks the Controversy Behind the National September 11 Museum and Memorial” by Sanya Masoor

AUDACY: August 18, 2021: “LISTEN: Director of 9/11 doc ‘The Outsider’ on battle to build NYC’s 9/11 Memorial & Museum” by Dempsey Pillot

DEADLINE: August 19, 2021: “‘The Outsider’ 9/11 Documentary To Be Facebook’s First Paid Global Film Premiere; Debuts Today” by Jill Goldsmith

THE ART NEWSPAPER: August 19, 2021: “Institutionalizing 9/11: The Outsider documents Ground Zero museum’s contentious formation in Facebook premiere” by David D’Arcy

ASSOCIATED PRESS: August 18, 2021: “Film bares disputes behind construction of 9/11 museum” by David Bauder

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: August 18, 2021: “Film bares disputes behind construction of 9/11 museum” by David Bauder

FORWARD: August 18, 2021: “In Facebook’s first documentary, a self-taught photography expert becomes an unlikely 9/11 hero” by Simi Horwitz

PATCH: August 18, 2021: “Director Steve Rosenbaum Talks THE OUTSIDER: 9/11 IS A WORLD OF QUESTIONS on SOUNDS OF FILM” by Tom Needham

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: August 12, 2021: “Facebook’s ‘The Outsider’ chronicles 9/11 museum’s rocky start” by James Varney

DIGITAL CINEMA REPORT: August 9, 2021: “Abramorama Releasing The Outsider on Facebook” by Nick Dager

AD WEEK: August 5, 2021: “Documentary The Outsider to Be the First Film to Premiere as a Paid Online Event on Facebook” by David Cohen

TECH STORY: August 5, 2021: “Facebook to host a paid documentary premiere this month” by Chhavideep Singh

BUSINESS INSIDER: August 3, 2021: “Facebook’s first-ever movie premiere is a controversial 9/11 documentary” by Hannah Towey

ENGADGET: August 3, 2021: “Facebook will host a paid movie premier this month” by K. Holt

AXIOS: August 3, 2021: “Exclusive: Facebook’s first-ever paid movie premiere” by Sara Fischer

NY 1: August 2, 2021: “New Documentary highlights tensions at 9/11 Memorial & Museum” by Jillian Jorgensen

WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD: July 29, 2021: “August 2021 Film Preview” by Mercedes Gonzales-Bazen and Divyani Sharma

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: July 22 2021: “9/11 Film Faceoff Producers vow not to cave to ‘censorship’ by museum” by Graham Rayman

USA TODAY: July 22, 2021: “15 must-see documentaries this summer, including Val Kilmer, Alvin Ailey and ‘The Lost Leonardo’” by Patrick Ryan.

REAL SCREEN: June 17, 2021: “Abramorama acquires global rights to 9/11 museum doc, “The Outsider” by Andrew Jeffrey

VARIETY: July 8th 2021 ‘The Outsider’ Trailer: Watch an Exclusive on the Making of the 9/11 Museum


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