August 18, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Summer Screening Series and Oscilloscope Laboratories invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of:


Directed by Jim Whitaker
Produced by Jim Whitaker and David Solomon

Followed by a Q&A with Jim Whitaker

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Opens at Laemmle's Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles on Friday, August 26th

About Rebirth

REBIRTH is a riveting journey into living history – an act of personal witness to one of the most profoundly consequential events in American history and the healing that has come in its wake.

The result of a decade-long filmmaking sojourn, the inspirational story of REBIRTH follows the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 – and simultaneously tracks via unprecedented, multi-camera, time-lapse photography the minute-by-minute evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan. What emerges from the mix is a singular cinematic experience, at once emotionally intimate and spiritually exhilarating – one that provides a direct portrait of how trauma, grief, anger and chaos metamorphose into hope, connection, purpose and rebuilding, as the human spirit transcends unthinkable disaster in time.

In the decade that has passed since 9/11, the media has focused intently on the event’s impact in every sphere of American life, from foreign policy to psychology. REBIRTH now turns the focus back to those who so deeply touched the world on that day, whose everyday lives and dreams were shattered, and whose stories of rediscovering strength, optimism and meaning are essential to our understanding. The film has captured a series of gripping, personal dramas as they unfolded, including those of a fireman grappling with guilt after losing his best friend; a construction worker finding solace in new buildings rising from the wreckage; the fiancée of a First Responder whose upended life takes surprising turns; a survivor who escaped from an impact floor but confronts life-changing scars; and a high school student who uncovers new directions after the mother who meant everything to him perished. 

Their stories – raw, shifting and unforgettably real -- are each unique.  But fused with each other and dynamic images of physical renewal they become an interwoven portrait of human resiliency in action; a lyrical meditation on the nature of time, memory and loss; and a vital reflection on the national yearning to remember, honor and restore our dreams.

Provided courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories. Not Rated. Running time: 104 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About the Guest

JIM WHITAKER  (Director/Producer) founded Project Rebirth shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and placed the first 35 millimeter time lapse film cameras on March 11, 2002 – the six month anniversary of the attacks. Project Rebirth now has 14 cameras that are documenting the historic rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in 35mm film. Jim has also interviewed nine people who were impacted by the event and has recently spent more than a year and a half to complete the Project Rebirth documentary, which combines the minute-by-minute redevelopment of the site and represents the first long term film record of people coping with grief and trauma. He is currently the Chairman and Producer of Whitaker Entertainment at Walt Disney Studios and a producer of the upcoming THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN from director Peter Hedges.

Previously, Jim was the President of Motion Pictures at Imagine Entertainment and completed notable films, such as, 8 MILE, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, CINDERELLA MAN, AMERICAN GANGSTER, CHANGELING and many others. Jim began his career as a documentary filmmaker to raise money for nonprofit organizations. He wrote and directed LOADED, an award-winning public service announcement against drinking and driving, in memory of a Georgetown University classmate.

Jim Whitaker is a graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Peter Stark Producing Program (MFA 1994).

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Phone: 213.740.2330