I Build The Tower (DVD)


Documentary Film on DVD (including Library Circulation rights)



“I BUILD THE TOWER” is the true story of the life of Sam Rodia, the Italian immigrant who built the Watts Towers on a residential lot. Told in his own words, the film portrays Sam Rodia as an individual transformed from drunkenness and despair into a world renowned artist.

In his last interview (filmed exclusively for this project), R. Buckminster Fuller describes the beauty of the Towers as a unique display of the universal structural systems found in nature and as a demonstration of the power of individual initiative to effect change in the world.




  • The unedited 40-minute final interview of R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Slide show of archival and family photographs


A Brad Byer and Bench Movies Production
Directed, Written and Produced by Edward Landler and Brad Byer
Edited by Glen P. Rose and Edward Landler
Diaglogue Restoration, Sound Design and Mix by Bjorn Schaller
87 minutes NTSC

Additional information

Weight .32 lbs
Dimensions 7.48 × 5.31 × .55 in