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American IndieDocumentary16 ACRES, Richard HankinUSA / 2012 / 92 min / DCP / EnglishThe rebuilding of the World Trade Center is the most architecturally, politically and emotionally complex urban renewal project in American history. From the beginning, the rebuilding effort has been fraught with controversy, drama, delays and politics. To date, the struggle has encompassed ten years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects, and over $20 billion and counting.
Aside from the staggering engineering challenges of the site itself, a major complicating factor is the sheer number of interested parties. Politicians, developers, architects, insurance companies, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims all profess a claim to the site and are often in conflict with one another. According to The New York Times, “Where some saw lucrative real estate, others saw a graveyard. Where some saw Rockefeller Center or Lincoln Center or Grand Central Terminal, others saw Gettysburg.”
But what was once ground zero is now a frenzied construction site. Three thousand workers are building four of the tallest skyscrapers in America, an iconic – and complicated – train station, a performing arts center and a sacred memorial and museum. What will emerge in downtown Manhattan over the next few years will redefine the city – and the country – for generations.
16 ACRES is the story of how and why this historic project got built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to “get it right,” and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City. As with all great urban projects, from the Pyramids to Rome’s Coliseum to Rockefeller Center, a small group of powerful people will dictate the outcome. With inside access to the project and these key players, 16 ACRES will tell the story behind the headlines. Screenplay: Matt Kapp / Producers: Mike Marcucci / Cinematographer: Antonio Rossi / Editor: Richard Hankin / Composer: Max Avery Lichtenstein / Featuring: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, Chris Ward, Larry Silverstein, Daniel Libeskind, David Childs, Michael Arad, Janno Lieber, Roland Betts, Rosaleen Tallon / Contact: Mike Marcucci SHuang@silvprop.com www.16acresthemovie.com/ www.facebook.com/16AcrestheMovie
THE DIRECTOR: Richard Hankin has worked on documentaries for both theatrical distribution and for HBO, PBS, NBC, ABC, and Showtime. "Home Front," which Hankin directed, produced, wrote and edited, premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and on the Showtime Network on Veterans Day. Time Magazine named “Home Front” one of the Top Ten films of the year.“Capturing the Friedmans,” which Hankin co-produced and edited, was on over 150 “Top Ten” lists and won awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and an Emmy for Hankin’s editing. The film was nominated for both an Academy Award and an American Cinema Editor’s Award, and was recently honored by the International Documentary Association as one of the best documentaries of all time. He holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.Special Guest: Mike Marcucci
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