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First Run Features picks up “16 Acres”

New York-based First Run Features has acquired the North American distribution rights to a documentary on the efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center, and the drama and politics that are ensuing.
May 23, 2013

New York-based First Run Features has acquired the North American distribution rights to a documentary on the efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center, and the drama and politics that are ensuing.

16 Acres (pictured above), directed by Richard Hankin, promises exclusive access to the WTC site and archival research, including never-before-seen footage, photographs, and architectural renderings to tell the story of the urban renewal project without narration.

The rebuilding of Ground Zero has faced controversy, delay and political struggles, and has taken more than a decade and US$20 billion. The film tries to answer the question of why it has taken so long to rebuild.

“To our surprise, no books, TV shows or documentaries had attempted to answer that question,” said writer and coproducer Matt Kapp. “Few Americans, even New Yorkers, know much about what has really gone on behind the scenes.”

16 Acres premiered at the Zurich Film Festival last September, and a month later had its North American premiere at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York. Its festival run saw it nabbing an audience award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

“It’s stating the obvious to say that 16 Acres is one of the most important documentaries of recent years,” said First Run VP Marc Mauceri. “Who would have thought a film about developers, politicians, and architects fighting over the design and development of a hallowed site could be so gripping?”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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