In advance of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the Museum of the City of New York will be premiering the documentary Rebuilding the World Trade Center. The 62-minute film features footage shot over the past eight years by artist Marcus Robinson, documenting the work at Ground Zero through the eyes of the construction workers, “from the site managers to those who dug the building’s foundations and the ironworkers who assembled its steel frames.”
The film will premier at the museum on the evening of Tuesday, September 9th and will be followed by a panel discussion with New York Times reporter James Glanz. It will then premier nationally on the History Channel on September 11th at 6 pm.
To create the film, Robinson shot time-lapse footage using 13 digital cameras to document the construction of the city’s tallest building, from the clearing of the site to the raising of the spire. Most of the construction workers talk about the symbolism of the building, and the film shows an amazingly unified passion among them. Developer Larry Silverstein is also featured in the documentary.
In addition to the film, Rebuilding the World Trade Center features a visual art collection by Robinson. The paintings range in size from small to very big, the largest being 16 x 8 feet. They are oil and charcoal on wood or canvas, and many are painted on discarded pieces of wood from the World Trade Center construction site.
A crane in 2012 working the overnight shift at the World Trade Center’s Transportation Hub, with the nearly completed Tower One rising above © Marcus Robinson
The conversation following the film screening at the Museum of the City of New York will feature the director and workers in the film who will sit down with James Glanz, author of City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center. More information about the event and registration details can be found here. And to see all of Marcus Robinson’s work, visit his website.
Lead image © Marcus Robinson