New York-based indie distributor Abramorama has acquired global distribution rights to The Outsider, a documentary about the team working to curate, construct and build the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
The film, which premiers on Aug. 19 and is a Magnify Media production, follows the museum’s creative director Michael Shulan (pictured) from the day of 9/11 until the opening of the memorial in 2014. Giant Pictures will also collaborate in distributing the movie. The Outsider tracks growing opposition and conflict between staff about the museum and its vision.
Pamela Yoder and Steven Rosenbaum direct the film, and have spent 20 years archiving and documenting history around 9/11, with Abramorama calling them two of the world’s most foremost archivists and documentarians of the 9/11 story. Here, the filmmakers received unlimited access to the museum and memorial site, to closed meetings and to senior staff.
“The Outsider will give viewers an insider’s view of how 9/11 history is being written,” Yoder and Rosenbaum said in a joint statement.
“Michael Shulan had created the world’s largest crowd-sourced photo exhibit called ‘Here Is New York’ in the days after 9/11. His vision was to build a museum that was ‘democratic’ in its voice and curation. He wanted to ask hard questions, and instead, it ended up providing simple answers. He wanted a museum of question marks, and he got a museum driven by periods.”
The Outsider will launch with a global livestreaming premiere including a special panel. It will also be followed with select in-person theatrical events beginning on Aug. 20.
Executive producers on the film include Rosenbaum, Yoder, Michael Cascio, Joe Cantwell, Karol Martesko-Fenster and Evan Shapiro.