In 2011, I directed over 40 short films for TIME's Beyond 9/11 project, which marked the ten year anniversary of 9/11. The majority of films were compelling oral histories recounting each person's own experience of the day. In addition, there were so many powerful stories, that we threaded together four additional films that combined a number of different voices talking about the same theme or story. The Family, is a powerful and moving tale of The Riches, an NYPD firefighter family. Jimmy Riches was one of the first responders to the scene and he died that day. He had three younger brothers: Timmy, Tommy and Danny, who all serve in the FDNY and his father, Jim, who is a retired fireman. The interviews are filled with deep loss and love.
TIME Beyond 9/11 Firefighters
To see more about TIME's Beyond 9/11 project, go to the INTERACTIVE section of the website.