POV is proud to announce the newest entry to our online short film festival: Eva Weber‘s City of Cranes. Watch it now on the POV website!
A bright orange crane high up in the sky

Cranes are a staple of the modern city skyline, as ubiquitous as the skyscrapers and towers they’re put in place to build. The film tells the story of the men and women who drive these machines — in their own words and from their own breathtaking point of view.

Originally created for BBC Channel 4’s “3 Minute Wonder” program, City of Cranes now runs 14 minutes and is divided into four chapters: “The City Above,” “The Last Topman,” “Ballet of Cranes” and “Solitary.”

Each chapter poetically represents a different aspect of cranes, including the routine of being a crane driver, the density of urban skyscrapers and the beauty of the cranes themselves. Through filmmaker Weber’s masterful camera lens, we see the cranes move with fluidity, evoking the grace of the birds that they are named after.

So sit back and enjoy watching City of Cranes — a magnificent piece of short documentary filmmaking. Even if you can’t tell a hammerhead from a luffing jib tower, you’ll enjoy the way Eva Weber’s film takes you hundreds of feet above the ground for a whole new perspective.

  • gina

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  • Caitlin Clarke

    FOREIGNID: 17865
    An interesting and engaging little film! It calls attention to an essential aspect of every city that is often overlooked. In addition, the voices of the crane workers offer a unique perspective to the city. They are able to observe the quiet moments of people’s lives which mostly go unnoticed, revealing intimate and quiet truths about human nature. This is documentary with considerably more depth than its appearance, and it is definitely worth a look.

  • Nezahualcoyotl

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    As a student at the University of New Mexico, I witnessed the collapse of a large crane’s extension (arm) as it was being disassembled and lowered by two smaller cranes. Fortunately, no one was injured. The only witness to this catastrophe, other than the work crew, was I. Fortunately, I was at a safe distance to witness this spectacle–at an ATM no more than 50 meters from the incident. Wow…