"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
and thanks to ... and to all who contributed to the life of the Watts Towers See more
The Rodia Rap ('Yo, Sam')
Conceived and arranged by Brad Byer
and Edward Landler
Music composed and arranged by Michael Abels
(Subito Music Corp. ASCAP)
Back Up Vocals by Dwight Trible
and Logan A. Johnson, Jr.
Recording and Mix by Bjorn Schaller See more