Simon Rodia

Shards 'n Snippets Spring 2013



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William T. Cartwright dies at 92; rescued Watts Towers
An Emmy-winning film editor and producer, William T. Cartwright helped save the Watts Towers from demolition. . . . Also see “I Build A Tower” in THF Special Features

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2013, 9:14 p.m.


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I Build the Tower

Here is 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, Rodiaís 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 Watts Towers on a small residential lot in South Central Los Angeles over roughly 30 years beginning in the 1920s. READ MORE ....