Men Of Steel
Men of Steel is a riveting documentary that tells the story of ironworkers as they face their jobs with gritty determination and live their personal lives with raw passion. Viewers are taken from the inception of steel to the installation. They will be given a glimpse into the lives of ironworkers, and even death.
Ironworkers are ranked as having the most demanding physical job in the world and one of the top five most dangerous. They work thousands of feet in the air, and deep underground. One man will carry thousands of pounds of steel each day. The hands of these men are stabbed with the wire used to tie the steel, they bleed constantly and their backs ache. The work is grueling on the body and the mind. Nearly every day, every man experiences a "near miss." They are crippled by the work, and they die young. As one person, who knows these men, said, "I'm surprised when any of these guys makes it to fifty."
Who then, are these men? They are modern day cowboys who lead insane lives. Some of the men that the ironworker's union hires are even convicts recently released from federal prison; former gang-bangers and career criminals who are valued by the trade for their lack of fear. The streets have toughened them enough to endure ironwork; yet, they struggle to have the normalcy of relationships, wives and families. They tear down the highways they helped build, at 100 miles per hour on their Harleys. They frequent bars where they start and finish brawls. Dysfunctional is the rule and drugs and alcohol fuel the drama that is the life of an ironworker. They lead wild and colorful, yet self-destructive lives that few of us could imagine. They are engaging, hilarious, tormented and tragic.
Viewers will be enthralled and shocked, maybe even appalled, but this much is sure; they won't drive across a bridge or enter a high-rise anytime soon without remembering the men who left their blood, sweat, and tears entombed in concrete.
"Men of Steel" has been accepted into National and International film festivals, including The Swansea Film Festival in Swansea, South Wales.
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