CaveLight Films Announces Production of New Documentary Film About American Worker Safety

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Cost of Construction is CaveLight Films latest documentary that uncovers the national scandal surrounding a series of controversial deaths that happened on the most expensive commercial construction project in United States history - all happening on the Las Vegas Strip, called CityCenter. The film investigates a pattern of hazardous deregulations, overturned violations, and dangerous negligence at the highest corporate and governmental levels exposing a national safety system in crisis. CaveLight Films is currently seeking finishing funds for the film. http://www.cavelightfilms.com/cost-of-construction

A documentary film about keeping American workers safe

An average of 16 workers die each day in America... CaveLight's new production comes at a critical time!

CaveLight Films announces its latest production Cost of Construction, a documentary film about keeping American workers safe.

An average of 16 workers continue to die each day in America. In the wake of the BP oil rig explosion and the high profile 2008 crane accidents in New York City, CaveLight’s new production comes at a critical time.

Cost of Construction focuses on a national scandal surrounding a series of controversial deaths that happened on the most expensive commercial construction project in United States history all happening on the Las Vegas Strip, called CityCenter. The film investigates a pattern of hazardous deregulations, overturned violations, and dangerous negligence at the highest corporate and governmental levels exposing a national safety system in crisis.

Currently in production, the film features Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Alexandra Berzon, Congressman and Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor George Miller, various national and local officials, union leaders as well as families of deceased construction workers.

Cost of Construction is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, which allows contributions in behalf of Cost of Construction to be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. (MORE INFO)

The Story:

On June 26, 2006, cameras roll as the MGM Mirage Corporation demolished one of the oldest hotels on the Las Vegas Strip to make way for the largest and most innovative project ever attempted called CityCenter. Six skyscrapers designed by world-renowned architects comprised of cutting-edge hotels, casinos, restaurants, spas and luxury condos, CityCenter is redefining the Las Vegas Strip:

9.2 Billion dollars spent. 6,000 rooms created. 65 acres of land developed.

But being the biggest comes at a price:

6 construction workers dead. 1000 injured. 1 national safety system in crisis.

Why Now: Have we learned our lesson?

Cost of Construction’s in-depth look at the issues surrounding the CityCenter project has implications that reach beyond the construction industry. At its core, this is a story about the complexity of corporate and personal responsibility during an era of massive government deregulation. The construction fatalities at CityCenter were not isolated events. From the recent wave of deadly crane accidents in New York City to the devastating oil spill in the Gulf, it is clear that our national safety system is in crisis. Cost of Construction will lead us to present day and examine what President Obama’s administration is doing to ensure worker safety. Are President Obama’s new Labor Department and OSHA appointees a step in the right direction? What new laws and regulations are being enacted? Are the current state and federal regulators equipped to manage the next CityCenter-sized project? Or are we in for another heartbreaking lesson in the true Cost of Construction?

About Cavelight Films:

CaveLight Films is a full-service California documentary production company with offices in Hollywood and New York.

With a number of projects already in development about subjects that span the globe, the company has identified one central theme for their films: creating cutting edge media aimed at having a positive social impact. CaveLight Films prides itself on obtaining the right balance of entertainment, integrity and sound journalism in each project – from the 17-part documentary series Hope In Motion, which chronicles the story of one group’s efforts to build schools and orphanages throughout southern Asia (airing internationally on worldwide network 3ABN) to My Life: Chasing The Dream, about the life and fate of a child basketball star on the cusp of becoming an NBA superstar (currently in post-production).

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