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Tim Seibert, the Sarasota modernist architect, tells the story of his life and career in a short documentary film.
Tim Seibert, the Sarasota modernist architect, tells the story of his life and career in a short documentary film.
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Why does this film need to be made?

Buildings are the usual monuments for architects. But we have a bad habit in this country - after a while,  if we find an economically superior use for some land (a high-rise condo? a mega-mansion?) or get tired of maintaining the property (Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School?) we tear the damn thing down and build something new. Sometimes good, sometimes not, but always losing the historical context.

Almost despite ourselves, Sarasota is in the middle of something important. The Sarasota School of Architecture is world-famous, believe it or not, and Tim Seibert's work is  a central part of it. It's worth knowing how it came about, and Tim is a very good story teller.

Our film records Tim's own commentary on his work, and on that history. Over the years, he has formed some sharp opinions about the social context which surrounds an architect's work. We hear those, and those of some knowledgeable citizens who may not always agree with him.

Our documentary film will give you an idea why our city and its buildings are what they are, from a man who helped make them and who has thought about that a lot.

Risks and challenges

Stuff happens. And, as we all know, there are known unknowns and also unknown unknowns. However, statistically speaking, the work that remains to be done is mostly low-risk, post-production editing. Tony Ahedo, a senior student at the Ringling College of Art & Design, is our editor-in-chief. He is talented, motivated, young and healthy.

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    A DVD copy of the final film, a copy of the "Tour Sarasota Architecture" guidebook signed by Tim Seibert and your name in the "Special Thanks" credits of the film.

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    A DVD copy of the final film, an 8x10 print of "The Seibert Effect" poster plus an 8x10 print of a contemporary photo of one of Tim Seibert's projects - both signed by Tim Seibert. Your name and company logo in the "Special Thanks" credits of the film.

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