UPDATED, 9:50 AM: HBO said today that Spike Lee’s four-part documentary series NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½ will premiere at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 22 on the premium cabler. Episodes 2 and 3 will air on subsequent Sundays leading up to the finale at 10 p.m. September 11 — the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The series also will stream on HBO Max. Read details of NYC Epicenters below.
PREVIOUSLY, March 1: Director Spike Lee and HBO Documentary Films are in production on NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½, a multi-part documentary described by the network as “an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival in the city of New York over the twenty years since the September 11th attacks.” The epicenters of the title refer to both 9/11 and Covid-19.
Promising an “unprecedented, sweeping portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound, from a devastating terrorist attack through the ongoing global pandemic,” the film utilizes a “a staggering amount of visual imagery” including first-hand accounts from wise variety of New Yorkers.
The documentary event will debut later this year on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max in commemoration of the September 11 attacks.
Lee released the following statement:
As a New Yawker who bleeds orange and blue (the colors of New York City), I’m proud to have a ‘Spike Lee Joint’ about how our/my city dealt with being the epicenters of 9/11 and COVID-19. With over 200 interviews, we dig deep into what makes NYC the greatest city on this God’s earth and also the diverse citizens who make it so. Over centuries pundits and straight haters have proclaimed NYC was dead and stinkin’, only to be proved wrong. You will lose ya money betting against New York, New York. And dat’s da truth, Ruth. Be Safe. Peace And Love – Spike Lee, Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn
“We’re thrilled to have another groundbreaking HBO documentary event from Spike Lee,” said Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham, co-heads of HBO Documentary Films. “From documenting the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to the 9/11 attack on New York City and beyond, we treasure Spike’s singular capacity to chronicle and pay tribute to the human toll of these historic events while bearing profound witness to the strength and resiliency of the human spirit.”
The project is an HBO Documentary Films production in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Lee directs and produces, with editing by Barry Alexander Brown and Adam Gough. Spike Lee is represented by ICM Partners and attorneys Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks. ICM Partners is representing international sales.
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