An Epic 36 Hours With a Local News Crew Stranded During Sandy

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Jeff Pinilla's documentary The First 36 Hours plays like a thriller, complete with suspenseful music and the time ticking away the hours in the corner of the shot. From 11:35am on October 29 to 11:47pm the next night, a team from PIX11 braves rising water to cover the worst of the storm from Broad Channel, Queens. They get stuck on the island after the bridge closes, losing the ability to broadcast live for 19 hours and spending a sleepless night looking for higher ground for their trucks. When they survey the aftermath the next day, however, their perseverance pays off; they are well positioned to document one of the most devastated neighborhoods in the area. It can be easy to laugh at some of the overly dramatic weather coverage out there, but these folks go through hell and high water to cover the disaster. 

For more work by Jeff Pinilla, visit http://www.jeffpinilla.com/.

Via Jordan McGarry

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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