In honor of the 11th anniversary of 9/11, BEYOND BELIEF will be available to view on PrinciplePictures.com through the end of the month. We hope you are as moved by Susan and Patti’s story as we were when we met them. Today we continue to be inspired by the courage they demonstrated in choosing acceptance over hate and action over indifference.
Recently, we sat down with our Director of Photography & Senior Editor, Kevin Belli to pick his brain on how he got his start at Principle Pictures and all that he wishes to accomplish. What inspired you to get involved in documentary filmmaking? Seeing documentary films for the first time, films like Don’t Look Back and Crumb and Gimme Shelter, made me view documentaries as an actual art form. Not only did the films really inspire me, but I realized it was the avenue to see more of the world and be able to film real stories, and that was a lot more appealing to me than creating something fictional or from a script. The truth is stranger than fiction, right? How did you begin to work with Principle Pictures? Ten years ago when I was working as a news editor, Beth was looking for an assistant editor. When the… LEARN MORE
Biking through the streets of Boston yesterday on the final leg of the 3-day ride from Ground Zero, I rode through Kenmore Square feeling like it was 1994, and I was navigating from one of my grad classes at Boston University to my tiny studio apartment in Beacon Hill. As a little girl I had dreamed of studying at BU; it was my Dad’s alma mater, and some of my best memories as a child are of traveling there from our home in Connecticut to watch my Dad play his trumpet in the alumni band. While he practiced, my Mom and I enjoyed the school and the city. One year that meant picking through all the treasures at a tag sale being held in the Music Department. There was a luxurious red snow fox stole—with glass eyes, four legs, feet and a tail—that for $1.50 was clipped around my neck… LEARN MORE
I just arrived at the Club Quarters Hotel overlooking Ground Zero in New York City. In about 12 hours, my husband, Dennis, and I will join 43 other bike riders for a 270-mile journey back to Boston to support Beyond the 11th, an organization borne out of the tragedy of 9/11 and focused on healing the wounds from that day. Towering near the hotel is One WTC — a structure that continues to climb 84 floors. Below, construction vehicles buzz around the haunting crater where the World Trade Center towers once stood. I can hear the jackhammers and loader engines in my room as I catch up on emails: forms for fiscal sponsorship need filling out; a meeting for our Executive Producer at the Toronto Film Festival needs confirming; licensing fees need to be worked out with Brazil’s largest TV network. Everything needed. Needed now. Distracting me from connecting with… LEARN MORE
The New York Times‘s very own Nicholas Kristof calls BEYOND BELIEF a “terrific documentary”.
Read director Beth Murphy’s editorial in The International Herald Tribune, “From Heartache to Afghanistan,” about the making of BEYOND BELIEF.
Sonoma News highlights BEYOND BELIEF’s Best Documentary Prize at Sonoma Valley Film Festival.
Boston Globe puts BEYOND BELIEF as a film that “went to places that many others would have avoided”.
Needham Hometown Weekly calls BEYOND BELIEF “a striking example of pain, suffering and perseverance”.
Falmouth Enterprise interviews director Beth Murphy about her experiences filming the BEYOND BELIEF.
Glamour Magazine‘s Editor at Large, Suze Yalof Schwartz, is “truly blown away” by BEYOND BELIEF.
NewEnglandFilm.com discusses the intense backstory of filming BEYOND BELIEF with Beth Murphy and Susan Retik.
Divine Caroline interviews Beth Murphy about filming BEYOND BELIEF.
The New York Sun article puts BEYOND BELIEF as a “wonderfully touching film” as it highlights Tribeca Film Festival.
CNN’s the Screening Room article mentions BEYOND BELIEF as it outlines Tribeca Film Festival.