Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mohawk Ironworkers Documentary Preview in Au Sable Forks

mohawk ironworkersThe Tahawus Center in association with the Hollywood Theater, will present episodes from the new Mohawk Ironworkers documentary on Monday, August 7, 7 pm at the Hollywood Theater, 14232 Rt 9N, in Au Sable Forks.

This film celebrates the determination of the Mohawk ironworkers of Kahnawake, Akwesasne and Six Nations. Mohawk Ironworkers was produced by Paul M. Rickard, George Hargrave, and Au Sable Fork’s Margaret Horn, who interviewed many of the characters as researcher and associate producer. The series features a team of Indigenous directors including Jeff Dorn, Margaret Horn, Courtney Montour, Paul M. Rickard, and Michelle Smith.

During this event, four episodes will be introduced by Horn, one of the directors, and one whose family has been involved in the trade for several generations.

The episodes include: Training For Steel – an overview of what it takes to be an ironworker (by Margaret Horn); Women – who can be involved in the trade (by Courtney Montour); Albert Stalk – or “Eiffel Al,” a great character, who shows how demanding the trade is; and World Trade Center – When the NYC Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11, over 50 Mohawk ironworkers helped clear the wreckage of the iconic Towers their fathers built. But no one was prepared for the health risks of the Ground Zero cleanup. The cleanup cost Jaysen Mayo his health and career, and Brad Bonaparte, his life. After 9/11, Mohawks, like John McGowan, continue to honor their relationship with the World Trade Center by building One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Admission is $10 with advance reservation, $12 at the door. A reception for guests with Horn is included in the evening. Reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat, call (646) 734-7151. For more information about the Tahawus Center, visit their website.

Photo: Mohawk Ironworkers, provided.

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