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New documentary tells the story of financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald after 9/11

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 01:38

Sept. 10 - On September 11th, 2001, 658 employees from the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald were killed in the attacks on New York's World Trade Center. Chairman and CEO Howard Lutnick and victims' families share their stories in the new documentary film, ''Out of the Clear Blue Sky''. Tara Cleary reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Images that have haunted thousands - the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost more than half its employees and CEO Howard Lutnick became a well-known face. Now filmmaker Danielle Gardner whose brother worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, has made a documentary film about the company. SOUNDBITE: Danielle Gardner, director, "Out of the Clear Blue Sky", saying (English): "I would say the film was both therapeutic and very painful. I think it gave me a lot of purpose. It let me explore and learn about September 11th, which I think I really needed." Lutnick, who faced criticism in the media for not adequately taking care of his employees' families, also lost a brother on 9/11. SOUNDBITE: Howard Lutnick, chairman and CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald, saying (English): "The most difficult thing was going back. Putting myself back into that experience. Talking about it." Cantor Fitzgerald paid health insurance for all the victims' families for 10 years and gave 25 percent of the firm's profits for five years. SOUNDBITE: Howard Lutnick, chairman and CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald, saying (English): "I'm still a tough businessman and I'm sure everyone will still say that. But I think it's crystal clear that people know that we care about human beings in a way that's much bigger than anybody would have ever expected." And Gardner's message is clear: SOUNDBITE: Danielle Gardner, director, "Out of the Clear Blue Sky", saying (English): "Not that I want people to think about this event all the time, but I definitely think it's a seminal moment. I think it's a pre-September 11th, post-September 11th world. I want them to know the event that changed it."

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New documentary tells the story of financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald after 9/11

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 01:38