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'80s America Was Epic From Above

Harrison Sanborn turns back the clock in Above America, which presents sweeping aerial views of iconic U.S. features. Sanborn remastered footage shot by his father from a helicopter in the 1980s, and even the Twin Towers make a poignant appearance in this cinematic throwback.

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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.