16 Acres (2012)

16 Acres
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 36mins.
Genres Documentary, Political
Keywords 9/11
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Richard Hankin Director n/a 2 2000001
Mike Marcucci Producer n/a 3 3000001
Matt Kapp Co-Producer n/a 170 3000002
Matt Kapp Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Antonio Rossi Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Richard Hankin Editor n/a 172 7000001
Joe Murphy Editor n/a 172 7000002
Max Lichtenstein Original Music n/a 120838 8000001
Synopsis
The rebuilding of ground zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle has encompassed eleven years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects and over $20 billion. Aside from the staggering engineering challenges of the site itself, a major complicating factor in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center 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. 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. What does it say about us as New Yorkers, as Americans?