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Watts Towers, I Build the Tower, Self-Taught Artists

I  Build  The  Tower

the feature-length documentary film about

Simon Rodia and the Watts Towers of Los Angeles

I Build the Towers, Watts Towers, Self-taught Artist

by Edward Landler and Brad Byer

Sam at Berkeley
Sam at Berkeley

Berkeley Presentation, Simon Rodia

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Gigli, Italian Folk Art

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Rodia on Towers, Los Angeles History

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Sam at Berkeley
Sam at Berkeley

Berkeley Presentation, Simon Rodia

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Sam Rodia,  Watts Towers, Italian-American History, American History

"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

" . . . the film is wonderful :

lyrical, well-made and edited, and compelling . . ."

  - Ken Burns, filmmaker, "The Civil War", "Jazz"

"A heartfelt and fascinating film . . .

a real discovery, entertaining and illuminating . . ."

 - Leonard Maltin, Maltin On Movies

"The filmmakers stunningly capture the beauty of the towers piercing the azure sky...”
    - Kevin Crust, film critic, Los Angeles Times

" . . . the most complete visual account of self-made architect Simon Rodia and his masterpiece.."
                            - Robert Koehler,  Daily Variety

There's an official Los Angeles and a real Los Angeles


The story of  Rodia and his Towers is the story of the real L. A.

- and the vital arts and culture of a multi-ethnic community

One of the 20 Best Documentaries about Los Angeles

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