Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 8, 2011.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

This documentary film focuses on the architectural career of John H. Howe, chief-draftsman to Frank Lloyd Wright.

Greatness rarely works in a vacuum, free from the efforts and support of those around them. Frank Lloyd Wright was no different. Wright said many times of his chief-draftsman, John “Jack” Howe, that he is “the pencil in my hand.” More than that, Howe was one of several "pillars" relied upon to bring Wright’s ethereal concepts into reality on paper.

Little is publicly known about Mr. Howe and his contribution to Wright’s works.  Howe was a charter member of the Taliesin Fellowship, the architecture school and firm run by Mr. Wright.  They produced such ground breaking works as the Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, Unitarian Church, Johnson Wax Headquarters, Marin County Civic Center, and more.  All of the structures were new pinnacles for the Fellowship, whose members worked to envision architecture as more than decorative protection from the elements. Instead, architecture was viewed as an extension of the soul, as important to humanity as literature and art.

I have already interviewed and video taped Mr. Howe’s wife, many of his apprentices, several of his clients, and some of the Taliesin Fellows. Though quiet-mannered and the consumate apprentice, the many hours of video reveal a picture of Howe's contribution to American architecture as greater - that few outside of the Taliesin Fellowship circle understand. Howe's story, his successful 60-year career arc, both with Wright to his own architecture firm, is one that needs to be told.

Funds donated to this documentary project will be used to pay directly for remaining production and post-production costs. Those expenses include: professional narration, archival use fees for Howe's drawings, travel costs to Arizona and remote locations within five states in the upper-Midwest (photographing Howe buildings and Wright buildings that Howe had extensive input towards), and a New Age music soundtrack, to support the tone and creativity of the work, provided by Rick Wakeman of rock group "Yes" fame. In addition several prominent architecture historians still need to be interviewed.

Two big announcements are now prepared and will be announced upon successful completion of our funding goal.

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question
62
Backers
$8,319
pledged of $7,500 goal
0
seconds to go
  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    Your name listed in the "Bricks & Mortar" Thank You section of the DVD insert.

  • Pledge $30 or more
    You selected

    14 backers

    Documentary DVD - Upon film completion, you will be sent a pre-release DVD.

  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    18 backers

    "Friend of the Film" thank you in the film credits, and the DVD.

  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    14 backers

    "Friend of the Film" thank you in the film credits, the DVD, and set of six custom Greeting Cards of Rob's architectural photography.

  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    6 backers

    Limited Edition Film T-Shirt, Plus all awards at preceding levels.

  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    Limited Edition - Film Embroidered Knit Polo Shirt. Plus awards from preceding levels (except T-Shirt).

  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    Major Underwriting Credit in film, Plus all awards from preceding levels.

  • Pledge $1,500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Shining Incentive! A Taliesin III Desk Lamp hand-crafted by Rob Barros as a special Thank You to the donor who guarantees this project's success.

  • Pledge $2,500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    Associate Producer Credit in film. Plus all awards from preceding levels.

  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Executive Producer Credit in the film. Plus all awards from preceding levels.

  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Exclusive Corporation Sponsorship with appropriate PBS style credits in all applicable advertisement of the film.

Funding period

- (60 days)