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MIPTV Picks 2013: Men at Lunch

Every picture tells a story, and some continue to reveal much long after they're taken.
March 1, 2013

HISTORY

Partners: Produced by Sónta Films; distributed by Cargo Film & Releasing

Premiered: Toronto International Film Festival, 2012; airing this spring on RTE (Ireland), Ch. 8 (Israel), YLE (Finland)

Length: 1 x 55 minutes and 1 x 75 minutes

Rights available: Worldwide except for above territories

Every picture tells a story, and some continue to reveal much long after they’re taken. Snapped in 1932, the iconic Lunch Atop a Skyscraper captures 11 construction workers casually sitting on and dangling their feet over a steel beam that will become part of Rockefeller Center, hovering some 850 feet above 41st Street. But while the image is famous, the identities of the 11 men, and the photographer who snapped the shot, have been shrouded in mystery for 80 years. This film, directed by Irish filmmaker Seán Ó Cualáin, reveals some of that mystery, but also delves into the deeper stories told by this photograph – the “race to the sky” that transformed New York City, and the dreams and daring of the workers behind it.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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