WATTS TOWERS by Sam Rodia
the Watts Towers Arts Center

"I build the tower people like" Simon Rodia - a film by Edward Landler and Brad Byer

I build the tower

The definitive feature-length documentary on the Watts Towers in Los Angeles
I BUILD THE TOWER

…the most complete visual account of self-made architect Simon (Sam) Rodia
and his masterpiece… research is awesome…
” - Robert Koehler, Variety

Rodia’s story and his towers embrace central issues of American culture
- immigration and race, rich and poor, art and society

One of the 20 Best Documentaries about Los Angeles
See Dan Schindel on http://nonfics.com/20-best-documentaries-los-angeles/

You got to do something they never got ‘em in the world!” - Sabato (a.k.a. Sam and Simon) Rodia

Sam Rodia will be remembered as one of the greatest sculptors of the Twentieth Century.
- R. Buckminster Fuller, architect, designer

A lyrical look at the South Los Angeles masterpiece constructed by Italian immigrant Sabato ‘Sam’ Rodia… It includes, among much else, a fascinating 1983 interview that the filmmakers did with the engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller.” - Christopher Knight, art critic, Los Angeles Times

(Extra BONUS DVD features entire uncut 40-minute interview with Fuller)

…the film is wonderful: lyrical, well-made and edited, and compelling…” – Ken Burns, filmmaker

I BUILD THE TOWER has been exhibited at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART in New York City,
the NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART in Washington, D.C., the CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM in Los Angeles,
and the AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Aero Theatre in Santa Monica

Find out what’s happening at the Watts Towers: https://www.wattstowers.org/events

For more about the film and details on how to order DVDs and CDs:
https://www.ibuildthetower.com
Or contact: Bench Movies
1900 Alder Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065
edlandler@roadrunner.com (323) 225-5955


 

 

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