THE STORY OF RALPH MODJESKI
"This outstanding film about a visionary engineer and America's bridges could not have come at a better time, showing as it does the importance of infrastructure to a nation's economy, culture, and sense of self-worth."
-HENRY PETROSKI, PROFESSOR, DUKE UNIVERSITY AND AUTHOR OF ENGINEERS OF DREAMS
"...Local and national is the Modjeski story."
-GEORGE EATON, AUTHOR OF IMAGES OF AMERICA: ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL
"...Our failure to maintain these bridges threatens our future."
-EGON TERPLAN, REGIONAL PLANNING DIRECTOR, SPUR
BRIDGING URBAN AMERICA celebrates master engineer Ralph Modjeski, 20th century strategically significant bridges and their impact on urban development. A tribute to innovative engineering, to the fabricators and the workers. It's a film about the melding of science and art, music and math. A deeper look at the scientific mind and artistic soul of a Polish-born Paris-trained immigrant who contributed to the building of a modern America.
it's also about the bond between a Mother and a Son, Mother Earth and Man's ability to challenge himself.
As every building and every street has its unique story to tell and connection to our past, bridges have their stories, their mysteries, and links to their communities.
Record-breaking spans such as the Ben Franklin in Philadelphia, the Bay Bridge in San Francisco/Oakland, the Huey P. Long in New Orleans and the Quebec Bridge in Canada are a few of the landmarks showcased. Dramatic helicopter aerials and drone-operated cameras capture the beauty and the immensity of these structures along with powerful testaments from experts on Modjeski’s role in the creation of these railroad and highway bridges in transportation history.
BRIDGING URBAN AMERICA is a relevant film that brings awareness to all generations about the deteriorating state of our bridges and how communities search for sustainable solutions to maintain, rehabilitate and preserve these critical parts of North America's infrastructure.
For those interested in urban history, bridge engineering, celebrity and entrepreneurship of the early 20th century, this documentary will be a magnificent cinematic experience.
Produced by Filmmakers Basia + Leonard Myszynski of sOlar eye communications.
Co-produced by Eric Wintemute.
Original film score by Tomasz Opalka.
The power to build, to influence and to progress a nation.
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