16 Acres - The Sequel

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: Documentary
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Development


The new World Trade Center is open, but the heartbreak, challenges, politics and controversy that marked the 16-year project are far from over.


16 years after 9/11, what was once Ground Zero is fast becoming a finished place. The new WTC is home to the tallest skyscrapers in America, an iconic – and controversial – train station, a sacred memorial and museum. Yet the heartbreak, challenges, politics and controversy that marked the 16-year project remain.


From the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed 16 Acres, the definitive record of the first ten years of the rebuilding, 16 Acres Sequel will pick up where 16 Acres left off – the tenth anniversary – and capture the ongoing saga from the inside as it unfolds. The story of the World Trade Center project over the past six years may be more nuanced, but it’s no less compelling and reflective, no less “amusing and heartbreaking,” as The Hollywood Reporter described 16 Acres. Aside from the staggering engineering challenges of the site itself, a major complicating factor in the rebuilding 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. Where some saw lucrative real estate, others saw a graveyard. Where some saw Rockefeller Center or Lincoln Center or Grand Central Terminal, others saw Gettysburg. What will emerge in downtown Manhattan over the next few years will redefine the city – and the country – for generations. The rebuilding of ground zero has brought about the most radical architectural and demographic transformation in the history of lower Manhattan. It has shone a light on the best and worst in humankind: ingenuity and perseverance on one hand, incompetence and opportunism on the other. 16 Acres the sequel is the continuing story of this historic project. 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?


Mike Marcucci - Producer
Since 2004 Mike Marcucci has been filming all aspects of design, development and construction of the World Trade Center project. He has produced videos for WTC stakeholders including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Mike’s World Trade Center work has won a number of industry awards including Telly, Aegis, Aurora and Videographer awards. Mike worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years preceding his current historic project of recording the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. Prior to this assignment, Mike held production positions at Troma Films, Universal Pictures, MTV, VH1 and CBS. Mike also worked for New Line Cinema, Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Center, then working in development at Merchant Ivory Productions. Mike produced the award-wining documentary 16 Acres. The film has been seen internationally on many networks, is distributed by domestically by First Run Features and Internationally by Rocco Films, as well as Netflix and ITunes. Mike is currently developing a sequel to 16 Acres.

Matt Kapp - Writer/Co-Producer
Matt Kapp is an award-winning producer, writer, and consultant based in New York City. He wrote and co-produced the documentary 16 ACRES (2013), which Variety called “uncommonly engrossing and articulate,” the LA Times “fascinating and enlightening.” He produced VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR (2009), which won the Gold Hugo for best documentary at the Chicago Film Festival and was one of the highest grossing documentaries of 2009. Time called it “flawless,” the New York Times a “must-see.” He produced THE EDUCATION OF GORE VIDAL (2003), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series American Masters. Entertainment Weekly called it “essential viewing,” Variety “a fascinating mosaic.” Kapp has also written and produced newsmagazine stories for PBS and Logo and was an associate producer at Feury/Grant Entertainment, where he worked on biographies directed by Lee Grant for Lifetime Television’s Intimate Portrait series. Most recently, he was a consulting executive producer of JEREMY SCOTT: THE PEOPLE’S DESIGNER (2015) and coordinated archival research for HBO’s EVERYTHING IS COPY (2016). Aside from his film and television work, he has been a web contributor at Vanity Fair magazine since 2009, writing about a range of subjects from dating apps to health-care reform.


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