“I Build the Tower”
Here’s something new! A feature-length documentary about the life and work of Simon (Sam) Rodia and the Watts Towers of South Central Los Angeles has recently become available on DVD produced by filmmaker Ed Landler and Brad Byer, Rodia’s great-nephew.
A jewel of a film, “I Build the Tower,” is magnificent to watch! This is the true story of Sam Rodia, the Italian immigrant who built the world-famous
It is quite wonderful that the filmmakers were able to procure so much old film footage portraying Sam at work on his grand enterprise and to have conducted so many meaningful interviews with people who knew him in the
As an added bonus the DVD features a complete 40-minute interview of R. Buckminster Fuller, excerpts of which appear in “I Build the Tower.” In this, his last interview filmed three months before his death in July 1983, Mr. Fuller provides an analysis of Rodia’s artistic and engineering genius and its significance in art history and the world.
Owning this film is a ‘must’ for all who appreciate the significance of preserving the engineering feat represented by the Watts Towers as well as those who love and cherish the art, tile, mosaic and the whimsy found there. Kudos to the filmmakers!
To purchase a copy of the DVD visit: www.ibuildthetower.com