"I Build the Tower" is the true story of the life and work of Sam Rodia, the Italian immigrant who built the world-famous Watts Towers on a residential lot in South Central Los Angeles. These mosaic-covered spires of reinforced cement rising to almost one hundred feet were once scheduled for demolition by the City Building Department. The towers survived to become a symbol of the community in which they stand and they are now recognized throughout the world as a unique embodiment of the structural principles found in nature.
Did You Know?
Edward Landler, who co-wrote and co-directed this film, was a contestant on the season 6 premiere of Jeopardy! in 1989. Alex Trebek introduces him to the audience as someone who "did a film on the Watts Towers, correct?" Landler corrects Trebek, saying he's still working on the film. See more
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Written by Earle Hagen
Performed by the Johnny Otis
At the 1990 Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival
Courtesy of Shapiro, Bernstein and Co., Inc. (BMI) See more