HBO Documentary Films, Spike Lee team for doc event on New York City


HBO Documentary Films and Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Spike Lee are currently in production on the multi-part documentary event NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½.

The series will offer a sweeping portrait of New Yorkers from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack through to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring first-hand accounts from citizens, the documentary event will debut later this year on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

“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,” Lee (pictured) said in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to have another groundbreaking HBO documentary event from Spike Lee,” Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham, co-heads of HBO Documentary Films, added. “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, with Lee directing and producing.

Lee is represented by ICM Partners and attorneys Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks. ICM Partners is representing international sales.