Up From Zero

aired 9/11/2003 ::: construction workers at Ground Zero

The U.S. Department of Labor produced "Up From Zero." Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao originally announced this initiative Sept. 11, 2002.

The New York City skyline was changed forever on September 11, 2001. this documentary is a tribute to the brave men and women of the New York City building trades who put themselves on the line that day -- and for nine months afterward -- to reclaim Ground Zero. They showed the world the best our country has to offer and reaffirmed our faith in our freedoms, our country and ourselves.

Up From Zero is the story of the construction workers who performed the grim but critical task of cleaning up the World Trade Center site following the attacks of September 11. From the time of the collapse of the first tower, until the removal of the last beam, these individuals worked to bring order out of chaos. We hear, first hand, what it was like to be there, how our subjects managed their personal lives and what got them through it all. We follow the threads of our workers' lives to the present, and in so doing, we see the effects of this horrific event on those in charge of cleaning up after it, as their post-Ground Zero lives emerge.

AWARDS: CINE Golden Eagle, Bronze Telly Award, Videographer Award of Excellence, Aurora Platinum Best in Show Award

"This documentary is a tribute to the brave men and women of the New York City building trades who put themselves on the line on September 11, 2001-and for nine months afterward-to reclaim Ground Zero. They showed the world the best our country has to offer and reaffirmed our faith in ourselves, our freedoms and our nation," says Chao. "This film is the story of their patriotism, courage and determination. I'm proud that the U.S. Department of Labor played a part in helping to tell it."

The film includes interviews with Greg Nolan, a crane operator with Local 15 of the International Union of Operating Engineers; Rich Ostrander, a dock builder with Local 1456 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Hugh Smith, a carpenter with Local 608 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Chris Pillai and Willie Quinlen, both iron workers with Local 40 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; and Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan monk from St. Francis of Assisi church in New York City, who ministered to workers at Ground Zero.






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