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

A team from PIX11 braves rising water to cover the worst of the storm's devastation in Broad Channel, Queens. 

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/.

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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