1. Saving the Watts Towers

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    Despite being one of the most unique works of art, the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia, is on The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide list of threatened and at-risk landscapes and landscape features. Built by the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia between 1921 to 1955, the Watts Towers site in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles features three main towers and seven other sculptures that he constructed using salvaged steel, wire mesh, cement and a range of found and donated objects such as broken glass, seashells, generic pottery and tile, and many pieces of twentieth century American ceramics. In this video we meet up with Dr. Frank Preusser, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Conservation Center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), who provides us with an introduction to Simon Rodia's Watts Towers: the man behind the monument, the construction of the towers and their artistic value. Specifically he talks about the restoration and conservation efforts: the analysis, the challenges, the solutions. Finally he tells us why the Watts Towers should be preserved, what it takes to save them, and how you can help. The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia in Los Angeles. Interview with Dr. Frank Preusser, Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Los Angeles, November 5, 2014.

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    • "Gateway to the West" by the Parallelograms

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      Shot entirely on Super 8 film in and around Los Angeles. Music produced and performed by the Parallelograms (Stefanie King and Chris Curtis), taken from the album "Stratospheric Dreams". Bass guitar by Spencer Dunham, courtesy of the Allah-las. Percussion by Jessica Espeleta.

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      • Invisible City

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        UPDATE: INVISIBLE CITY will be opening the Fashion Film Festival Milano on September 14th at the Piccolo Grassi Theatre during Milan Fashion Week! Go to fffmilano.com for details. A fashion film homage to Italo Calvino's fabulist novel, set in the invisible city of Los Angeles. Directed by Stewart Maclennan (www.stewartmaclennan.com) Inspired by the novel "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino. Starring: Marta Pozzan (http://www.itssuperfashion.com) and Pierson Fode (https://twitter.com/PiersonFode) Narrated by: Martin McLaughlin Translation by: Mairi McLaughlin (http://www.mairimclaughlin.com) Director of Photography: Milena Pastreich (www.milenapastreich.com) Hair and Makeup: Denisse Villa (denissevillamakeup@gmail.com) Production Assistants: Cara Brown (https://vimeo.com/cararbrown) and Marisa Maclennan. Sound Designer: Brandon Griffith (http://brandongriffith.com) Special Thanks: John Coleman, Gev Miron, John Welborne Featuring fashion and accessories by: Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, Boulee Designs, L.K. Bennett, Mango, Yuna Yang Music: Yang Baoyuan "Wild Geese Descending on a Sandy Beach" (http://goo.gl/FWQhuP) Dave Brubeck Quartet "Zen is When" (http://goo.gl/uUhzhp) Zhang Weiliang "Plum Blossom Melody" (http://goo.gl/rnBCN3) Maurice Ravel "Jeu D'eaux" Hubei Chime Bells Orchestra "Elegant Orchid in Jieshi Tune" (http://goo.gl/AthFFX) Goldmund "Downward to Darkness on Extended Wings" (http://goo.gl/lsYZ9J)

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        • BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS, CULTURE AND POWER

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          PANEL DISCUSSION WITH OLD ACTIVISTS REASSESSING THE 1960's

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          • BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS, CULTURE AND POWER

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            PANEL DISCUSSION, OLDER ACTIVISTS CRITIQUE ACTION OF 1960'S

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            • The Good Old Watts

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              • Aaron Rose & The Watts Towers - Nuestro Pueblo

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                Artist and LA native son describes the life and work of an adopted one – Simon Rodia, the man who built the iconic Watts Towers. More on www.theavantgardediaries.com Directed by Francesca Mirabella & Peter J. Brant / Produced by Benjamin Gilovitz / Music by Nicholas Krgovich / Sound design by Brent Kiser / Simon Rodia footage courtesy of Moving Image Archive

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                • Noah Purifoy: Art as Elegant Wreckage (a radio story)

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                  A radio profile of desert artist Noah Purifoy. It aired on NPR. As an audio piece it intends to project pictures in the mind rather than be an all out video production. But in order to post an audio story on Vimeo you need to show at least one image. And so what you have here are just a few photos on a loop to give you an idea of Noah's brilliance. I suggest you close your eyes and just listen. Then take a trip out to Noah’s desert museum and see his work for yourself. There are many wonderful pieces and a lot of detail to take in. -Written, Reported and Mixed by Roy Hurst -Photo Portrait of Noah Purifoy by Jim McHugh -All Other Photography by Christopher Lee. (See Christopher Lee’s experimental photography featuring Purifoy's work. Its on Lee's vimeo page. http://vimeo.com/16468971 )

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                  • Tom Hawkins Mini Doc - The Watts Towers with Narration

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                    The Watts Towers were created over a 30 year period, from 1921 to 1954, by an Italian Immigration Sam Rodio. The Watts Towers or Towers of Simon Rodia in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of non-traditional vernacular architecture and American Naïve art. The Watts Towers are located near (and visible from) the 103rd Street-Kenneth Hahn Station of the Metro Rail LACMTA Blue Line. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. For More information go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watts_towers

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                    • Tom Hawkins Mini Doc - Watts Towers

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                      For this mini doc I take a tour of the Watts Towers. The Watts Towers were created over a 30 year period, from 1921 to 1954, by an Italian Immigration Sam Rodio. The Watts Towers or Towers of Simon Rodia in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of non-traditional vernacular architecture and American Naïve art. The Watts Towers are located near (and visible from) the 103rd Street-Kenneth Hahn Station of the Metro Rail LACMTA Blue Line. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. For More information go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watts_towers

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