Brook Peters, age 15, recently started his first year of high school. Brook was 4 years-old in his second day of Kindergarten at P.S. 150, one of the city’s “Ground Zero” area schools, when the 9/11 tragedy took place.
While Brook and his immediate family were unharmed, he lost a number of firemen who were his father figures and role models. Brook’s mother, a single parent, has been a long time volunteer fundraiser for the FDNY (Fire Department of New York). Brook grew up in fire houses, and the firefighters were his extended family.
At the age of 11, Brook set out to create his documentary film The Second Day to help shed emotional light on the manic moments of that fateful morning and to offer a personal reflection on the decade that followed. Brook conducted 18 hours of interviews with class members, teachers, and professionals, and used borrowed editing equipment to complete his film at the age of 14.
Brook was honored when The Second Day was selected to premier at the prestigious Tribeca Family Film Festival in New York City, where it received a standing ovation from over 900 people. The New York City Council and the New York State Legislature have both formally acknowledged the positive impact of his film with resolutions of support.
His foray into filmmaking began over three years ago, when he and some classmates produced an animated project titled “Owen & Mzee.” It was later screened for Downtown Youth Behind The Camera (a hub of Tribeca Film Festival that supports young filmmakers). He also has made, along with a small group of other kids, a Claymation and a Rockumentery short, both of which screened at the NY Children’s International Film Festival.
His next film project is a short documentary about the fatal 1994 Watts Street fire in Manhattan & The FDNY and their Memorials.
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