NEW YORK, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- At a black-tie dinner and ceremony on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, director, James Ronald Whitney, received the Emmy Award for his critically acclaimed, "Telling Nicholas," which premiered on HBO in 2002.
The film documented ten days in 7-year-old Nicholas Lanza's life after his
mother was killed in the fall of the twin towers. The film also follows
16-year-old Thanbir Ahmed, a Muslim, whose father was killed in the same
attack. Ahmed joined Whitney and Fire Island Films' executive producer
Richard Reichgut, at the Awards Ceremony.
In a grateful acceptance, Whitney thanked not only "... the two brave and
courageous young men and their families for telling their heart-wrenching
stories," but also the entire Home Box Office team, headed by executive
producer Sheila Nevins and producer Lisa Heller for helping to remind the
world that although the New York City skyline can and will be rebuilt, the
families who lost their loved-ones will be at a loss forever.
James recently completed his latest film titled, "Games People Play: New
York," which received 4 stars from the Chicago Film Critic's Association, and he is currently working on the sequel, "Games People Play: Hollywood."

"Telling Nicholas" will have an Encore Presentation Wednesday, September
10th on HBO (see your local guide for details). For more information on
" Telling Nicholas" visit Additionally, The ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES has chosen "Telling Nicholas" as one of the most outstanding movies of 2002. The Academy will be presenting this film to the general public as part of their prestigious series during the evening of Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. Whitney, will attend this special screening. For additional information, visit

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