Courtesy of Billings Farm & Musuem
The iconic photo “Lunch atop a Skyscraper” was a mystery until the start of the 21st century.
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. — WOODSTOCK — The 6th annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum will feature the award-winning documentary “Men at Lunch” on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m.
In “Men at Lunch,” director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of “Lunch atop a Skyscraper,” the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza that depicts 11 workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder – boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk, Central Park, and the misty Manhattan skyline stretching out behind them. For 80 years, the identity of the 11 men — and the photographer who immortalized them — remained a mystery: their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. But then, at the start of the 21st century, the photograph finally began to give up some of its secrets. Bill Moody, a longtime program officer and program director with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and a Woodstock Foundation trustee, will introduce the film.
Tickets are available at the door, 802-457-2355, or www.billingsfarm.org/filmfest.