Ken Sheetz’s poignant 9-minute short film delves into the events of September 11, 2001, through the eyes of a small puppy named Sophia. Alone and trapped in her New York City apartment after her owner, Zack, goes missing on that fateful day, Sophia’s journey becomes a powerful narrative that tugs at the heartstrings. The film, entirely from the perspective of the puppy, captures Zack’s morning routine before heading to work at the World Trade Center, juxtaposed with the sudden chaos and sirens that signal danger.

Dedicated to the animal rescue teams who saved pets in the aftermath of 9/11, the film features the voice of Ed Asner, a passionate advocate for the victims. Through Zack’s ringing phone and frantic messages left by his family, including his regretful father voiced by Asner, the desperation to find Zack unfolds. Meanwhile, Sophia’s vulnerability is palpable as she struggles to survive, scavenging for food and water in the apartment.

As days pass, Zack’s parents’ only connection is the answering machine, conveying their fear and anguish. 4 time Emmy winner and 5 time Golden Globe winner Ed Asner, drawn to the film’s concept and emotional depth, lent his voice to portray Zack’s father, adding another layer of poignancy to this touching portrayal of resilience in the face of tragedy.

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