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. This blog contains more than 500 posts. It’s a deep rabbit hole to fall down, but it’s I like to think it’s an interesting rabbit hole.

The film is almost complete. The edit is  complete  and we need a little bit of money to license archival footage, compose music, color correct, sound mix, and a bunch of other small post-y things. The film could really use your help to get those things done. Then, after 11 years in the making, it goes out to the world!


The subjects of the film are:

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.

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.

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.

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A documentary about people engaged with projects they may not complete in their lifetimes.