To Rebuild and Rebound: Spike Lee HBO Max Docuseries Highlights the Resilience of New Yorkers

In the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s new four-part documentary series, NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½, Spike Lee explores the enduring spirit of New Yorkers, having lived at ground zero of two of the greatest tragedies our country has ever experienced. From the 9/11 terrorist attacks to their catastrophic experience at the start of COVID-19 Pandemic, New York City has undergone remarkable recoveries over the past 20 years.

The project is personal to Spike, as “a New Yawker who bleeds orange and blue.” “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,” the ICM Partners’ client said. “With over 200 interviews, we dig deep into what makes NYC the greatest city on God’s earth and also the diverse citizens who make it so.” In a review from The Hollywood Reporter, “NYC Epicenters brings new sadness to the ongoing COVID saga and new anger to what happened at the Capitol on 1/6. And it made me feel that this was the one 9/11 anniversary reflection I need to watch. I’m not a New Yorker, but NYC Epicenters offers big, emotionally heightened drama, punctuated by big, openhearted humanity and humor. Even in its flaws, it’s Spike Lee at his most Spike Lee — and, perhaps ultimately, at his best.”

NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½ is an HBO Documentary Films production made in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Lee directed and produced, with editing by Barry Alexander Brown and ICM Partners’ client Adam Gough. The first episode will air on August 22nd on HBO Max. Episodes two and three will air on subsequent Sundays, leading up to the finale at 10 p.m. on September 11 — the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.