About A Life’s Work


You’re reading a blog that focuses on the making and the makers of  A Life’s Work, a documentary about people engaged with projects or research they may not see completed in their lifetime, projects that could have a profound, positive global impact.

The film is almost complete, so almost complete that we have locked picture  and submitted it to film festivals. But we need a little bit of money to completely complete it, and that needs to be done before it can screen anywhere. to compose music, color correct, and a bunch of other small post-y things.

The Puffin Foundation and the Yip Harburg Foundation have supported the film, but mostly support has come from people like you, who have contributed anywhere from $5 to $3,000. I thank each and every one of you.

If you’d like to help for the first time, or again, it couldn’t be easier. Just click here and you’ll be taken to the New York Foundation for the Arts page. It’s a one page form requiring the minimum of information. And NYFA will make sure I spend the money responsibly.

Thank you.

Now a little bit about the subjects of the film.

The subjects of the film are:

Jill Tarter with students - A Life's WorkDr. Jill Cornell Tarter, Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute. Dr. Tarter has been scientifically searching  for extraterrestrial intelligence since the 1970s. She was the basis for the Elie Arroway character in Carl Sagan’s science fiction novel, Contact, played by Jodie Foster in the Robert Zemeckis film.

Robert Darden in A Life's WorkRobert Darden, a journalism professor at Baylor University who heads the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, an organization that is trying to identify, acquire, preserve, record, and catalog the most at-risk music from the golden age (roughly 1935-1980) of black gospel music.

Paolo Soleri in A Life's WorkPaolo Soleri, architect and guiding force behind Arcosanti, an “urban laboratory” in the middle of the Arizona desert. He has been involved in the construction of Arcosanti since the early 1970s. The makers of A Life’s Work were fortunate enough to conduct three extensive interviews with Soleri (in 2006 and 2012) before he passed away in 2013. Jeff Stein, A.I.A., his one-time mentee and now one of the people responsible for keeping Arcosanti going post-Soleri, has been interviewed before and after Soleri’s death.

Jared and David Milarch in A Life's Work

The Milarchs, father and son tree farmers and co-founders of the Champion Tree Project (now known as Archangel Ancient Tree Archive), who clone old-growth trees for long-term reforestation projects.

How You Can Help Redux

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… and then enter the amount you want to contribute (as little as $5, as much as $50,000) and the other specifics. That’s it. No login or registration required. Your contribution does not line my pocket; because the film is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, all money given this way is overseen by them and is guaranteed to go toward the completion of this film. Being fiscally sponsored also means that your contribution is tax-deductible. So why not do it? The amount doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you’re helping to bring a work of art into the world. And that, I think, is really exciting!

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