LEANING OUT 

SYNOPSIS

A PERSPECTIVE LIKE NO OTHER ON THE PLANET. THE LEAD STRUCTURAL ENGINEER OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER OVERSEES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD’S TALLEST TOWERS, HAUNTED BY THEIR FALL EVER SINCE. FAMILIES OF 9/11 VICTIMS DEMAND ANSWERS. THIS UNIQUE BOND WITH HUMANITY SOLIDIFIES HIS PLACE IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE LIFE AND WORK OF LESLIE E ROBERTSON, A BUILDER OF ICONIC HIGH- RISES AND CULTURAL CENTERS ACROSS THE GLOBE, SUCH AS PUERTA DE EUROPA IN MADRID, BANK OF CHINA TOWER IN HONG KONG, SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER, LOTTE WORLD TOWER IN SEOUL AND THE MIHO MUSUEM BRIDGE IN JAPAN. ABOUT AN INNOVATIVE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM, NEW USES OF STEEL AND WIND ENGINEERING AT ITS INCEPTION. VISIONARY COLLABORATIONS WITH WORLD-CLASS ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERING EXPERTS. A LONGTIME PACIFIST AND ACTIVIST, ROBERTSON IS DRIVEN BY HIS FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND A POWERFUL UNION WITH ACCOMPLISHED ENGINEER AND PARTNER SAWTEEN SEE, A WOMAN WHO EMBOLDENED THE MAN SHE LOVED, EXPANDED HIS WORLDVIEW AND ULTIMATELY SAVED HIM. AN INTIMATE STORY ABOUT FULFILLMENT, FRAGILITY AND A FIGHTING SPIRIT. TOLD BY THE GURU HIMSELF AND THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM.     


DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT 

TO DATE THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND 9/11 STORIES HAVE BEEN TOLD FROM THE PERSPECTIVES OF SURVIVORS, VICTIMS’ FAMILIES, INVESTIGATING TEAMS, CONSPIRACY THEORISTS, NEWS AGENCIES AND EMERGENCY & RESCUE CREWS. NEVER HAS THE TOPIC BEEN APPROACHED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ITS LEAD STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, WHAT LED TO THE COMMISSION AND WHAT HE ENDURED.  IT’S A PRIVATE LOOK INTO THE WORLD OF THIS CREATIVE THINKER AND PROBLEM-SOLVER, AN ENGINEER WHO PREPARED FOR EVERY POSSIBLE SCENARIO WITH CONFIDENCE, MEETING ALL CHALLENGES WITH PRECAUTION. HIS MEMORY OF SKILLFULLY SOLVING COMPLEX STRUCTURAL DILEMMAS WAS ASTOUNDING!  YET THE MORE WE INTERVIEWED LES, THE MORE WE REALIZED THAT OVER SIX DECADES OF BUILDING THE UNBUILDABLE ACROSS A UNIVERSE FEW HAVE TOUCHED WHILE ORBITING THE MINDS OF VISIONARY ARCHITECTS SEEMED TO FADE AWAY WHEN JUXTAPOSED WITH ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC HUMAN AND STRUCTURAL CATASTROPHES IN THE WORLD. IT WAS NO LONGER THE GENIUS OR THE TECHNIQUE OR THE SATISFACTION OF ATTAINING THE DREAM THAT CAPTIVATED. IT WAS THE AGONY, THE GUILT, THE ISOLATION, AND THE STRUGGLE AND HIS UNWAVERING BOND WITH THE ONE WHO REMAINED BY HIS SIDE THROUGHOUT. A SEARCH FOR  PEACE AMIDST CHAOS.  THAT’S WHAT LEANING OUT IS ALL ABOUT —- A JOURNEY, A JUXTAPOSITION, A CONNECTION AND A CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY

LESLIE EARL ROBERTSON

AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED STRUCTURAL ENGINEER FOR OVER SIXTY YEARS, DR. LESLIE E ROBERTSON HAS TRANSFORMED URBAN AND RURAL ENVIRONMENTS THROUGH INNOVATIVE DESIGNS. AMONG ROBERTSON’S MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS ARE THE TWIN TOWERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER (NY), US STEEL HEADQUARTERS (PITTSBURGH), BANK OF CHINA TOWER (HONG KONG), SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER (CHINA), THE MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER (DALLAS), THE MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART (QATAR) AND THE MIHO MUSEUM & BRIDGE (JAPAN). A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING, AND A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF ASCE, DR. ROBERTSON HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS AND HONORS INCLUDING ISTRUCTE GOLD MEDAL OF THE U.K., ASCE’S OUTSTANDING PROJECTS AND LEADERS (OPAL) AWARD, ENR’S “MAN OF THE YEAR,”  AND THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE HENRY C TURNER PRIZE. HE IS A DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY AND RECIPIENT OF DOCTORAL DEGREES FROM LEHIGH UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO.
CREDITS
DIRECTORS / PRODUCERS    BASIA + LEONARD MYSZYNSKI  
CO-PRODUCER   AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF STEEL CONSTRUCTION  
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER   ERIKA MYSZYNSKI   
WRITER   BASIA MYSZYNSKI 
NARRATOR   LEE KANNE 
CINEMATOGRAPHER   LEONARD MYSZYNSKI  
ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY   KARIM ILIYA   RICARDO TORRES  
MUSIC  TOMASZ J. OPALKA  / VOCALS   MARIA OPALKA   
POST PRODUCTION EDITING STUDIO   SOLAR EYE COMMUNICATIONS 
EDITORS   BASIA + LEONARD MYSZYNSKI  
POST PRODUCTION SOUND   SZTOMPKE SOUND  
SOUND RE-RECORDING MIXER   E. LARRY OATFIELD   
SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR   NISHA ANAND  
ADDITIONAL SOUND EFFECTS   MARC KATE   
ANIMATION AND VISUAL EFFECTS   SEAN COLBY  LEONARD MYSZYNSKI