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Greenlit: Crowning New York, Smithsonian Channel

Crowning New York (1 x 60′) – Documentary that reveals one of modern day’s most daring engineering feats: the installation of a 408-foot spire atop One World Trade Center. The film coincides with the official ceremony that will mark the lighting of the beacon atop the historic skyscraper.

Moving such a heavy and complex object to such great height has never before been attempted, and the completion of the job provides jaw-dropping footage. More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, this is a truly monumental moment. It sets the stage for an iconic skyline reborn, with a beacon that will truly “crown” New York City.

At 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is now the tallest building in the U.S. and third tallest in the world. To capture the construction worker’s remarkable work in placing the 40-story 758-ton spire on top of a building that was already 104 stories high, the filmmakers were given unparalleled access to the WTC site and its iron workers. They used a helicopter to film the installation of the spire, as well as helmet cams and GoPro cameras.

The film will also feature never-before-aired footage of the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as definitive interviews with architect Daniel Libeskind and officials including former Governor George Pataki and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Channel: Smithsonian Channel

Producer: Pipeline 39 Entertainment

TX: Late 2013

Source: Smithsonian Channel press release (via The Futon Critic)

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