Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema To Screen Documentary About 9/11 Hero on Thursday
Max Silver, who grew up in Chevy Chase, co-produced feature-length film about federal K-9 police Officer Isaac Ho'opi'i
Federal police Officer Isaac Ho'opi'i, left, and his K-9 partner, Lava, are filmed at the Pentagon by director Stephen Tringali and sound mixer Alex Dawson, holding the boom mic, for the documentary "Corridor Four."
Max Silver headed to Los Angeles nearly seven years ago with one goal: figure out how movies get made in Hollywood.
As the 29-year-old from Chevy Chase anticipates Thursday night’s screening of a documentary he co-produced, Corridor Four, at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, the award-winning writer, director and producer can safely say: Mission accomplished.
“I definitely conquered the mystery of knowing how it gets done,” Silver said Tuesday in a phone interview.
Corridor Four, which Silver co-produced, is one of several media ventures produced or directed by Silver in recent years. His credits range from the feature film Silicon Beach to the web series Bwitches. His directorial debut, the 2016 short film Trunk Space, won Best Screenplay at the Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest and the Shoestring Award at the Rochester International Film Festival, and was an official selection of the Austin Film Festival, according to Silver’s website.
A graduate of the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Silver now lives in West Hollywood, works full-time as a production coordinator for Netflix and makes documentaries and feature films “for fun.”
Corridor Four tells the story of federal K-9 police Officer Isaac Ho’opi’i, who is credited with saving numerous lives as a first responder during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The feature-length film demystifies the hero image and explores the emotional aftermath resulting from dealing with such trauma first-hand.
“He saved dozens of people,” Silver said of Ho’opi’i, who led people out of the burning building and used his “big, booming Hawaiian voice” to call out for those who couldn’t see him. Some of those people later said they thought Ho’opi’i’s voice was that of a “guardian angel” leading them out, Silver said.
The documentary crew at the Pentagon, from left to right: sound mixer Alex Dawson, co-producer Max Silver, assistant cameraman Vito Huizar and cinematographer/director Stephen Tringali. Photo via Max Silver
Silver collaborated with his friends Stephen Tringali, the director and cinematographer, and Maria Bissell, who produced the film, on the making of Corridor Four, which has been shown at several film festivals. Thursday’s screening at the Bethesda Row Cinema will begin at 7 p.m. Tringali and Bissell will hold a Q&A with the audience after the screening. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
For his part, Silver produced the parts of the documentary shot at D.C. locations, including the Pentagon and the Smithsonian. He also helped edit scenes and offered advice on poster designs for the film. “As a producer, part of your role is to support the director in any capacity,” he said.
Though he will be unable to attend the screening, he is expecting that his parents, Michael and Colette Silver of Chevy Chase, will be in the audience.
Silver, who majored in film and economics at Carleton College in Minnesota, said he gravitated toward film production because it played to his organizational and logistical skills.
“My ability to make the trains run on time, keep all the ducks in a row—all of these are very natural to me,” he said.
Silver said the team’s goal for Corridor Four is to get it seen by as many people as possible, with the hope that it will be bought by a distributor such as Netflix or Amazon.
Meanwhile, the trio have begun work on another documentary featuring “something very interesting” about a Bethesda-area friend who attended the Washington Waldorf School. Silver would say nothing more about the project, which is still in the planning stages.
“I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth,” he said.