Fearful Visitation tells the story of NYC's worst disaster until 9 / 11.
In 1904 the steamship, General Slocum, caught on fire while carrying a passenger load of mostly German American women and children who were on a Sunday School outing. Around 1100 people died in the East River. The event changed the face of the city as remaining residents of the neighborhood Kleinesdeustchland
( Little Germany) on the lower east side moved away. Culpability was found on the part of the steamship company as they were lax in maintaining safety equipment and training of the crew. The film uses archival photographs, Edison film shot of the aftermath , interviews with two living survivors ( 99 and 104 years old ) and interweaves dramatic reenactments from the silent era and a Hollywood feature. The score features The Orchestra of Excited Strings. The experimental documentary premiered at The NY Historical Society and was broadcast on PBS ( Ch.13 NY, WSKG,and WMHT ) by Hank Linhart and Phil Dray