The Artist: Beverly Willis, Honolulu and San Francisco Years 1948-1968
The Architect: Beverly Willis, San Francisco and New York Years, 1958-1995
Built for Ballet: An American Original
This suite of films traces the long, richly varied, and distinguished career of Beverly Willis. Starting as a multi-media artist, Willis evolved into an architectural designer. Her practice included residential, commercial, institutional, and government buildings located across the US, and culminated with her most famous building, the San Francisco Ballet Building in the City’s Civic and Performing Arts Center.
The Artist: Beverly Willis, Honolulu and San Francisco Years 1948-1968 and The Architect: Beverly Willis, San Francisco and New York Years, 1958-1995
“These two films capture the compelling story about a life dedicated as much to aesthetic pursuits and design excellence as to the benefits of technological advances and new materials. Beverly Willis has combined the eye of an artist with the rigor of an engineer and contributed greatly to advances in design and planning.” – Chase W. Rynd, Executive Director and President, National Building Museum, Washington, DC
Film Credits: The Artist and The Architect: Produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Written, directed and edited: Mark Mitchell; Videography: Richard Lehun; Music composed by Ned Davis; Sound Recording: Paley Center for Media; Narration for The Artist – Miranda Leigh; Narration for The Architect – Beverly Willis.
Built for Ballet – an American Original
“Built for Ballet – An American Original” offers an insider’s look at the creation of the San Francisco Ballet Building – the first building in the United States designed solely for ballet. As mayor of San Francisco at the time, I was proud to work with architect, Beverly Willis, in creating this timeless monument to the arts. This video is a must-watch for San Franciscans and ballet lovers alike.” – The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, US Senator
“Dance people don’t merely visit the San Francisco Ballet Building, they make pilgrimages to it.” – Boston Globe Magazine (1987)
“Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation has done such a wonderful, thoughtful, amazingly informative, funny at times and extraordinary documentary of the making of our much loved San Francisco Ballet Building. I was in state of wonderment from beginning to end.” – Ricardo Bustamante, Ballet Master, San Francisco Ballet
“A profound bow of gratitude to Beverly Willis for her genius design for the comfort and creativity for all the dancers and choreographers lucky enough to enjoy her San Francisco Ballet Building.” – Marge Champion, Dancer
Film Credits: Built for Ballet An in-D Multi-Media Film; Produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation; Written by Meg Pinto; Directed by Tim Sakamoto; Music by Josh Sklair; Narration by Shiromi Arserio; Edited by Francois Maurin.
DVD-R Color/B&W/ Not Rated Video/NTSC 16.9
17 minutes – The Artist Beverly Willis: Honolulu and San Francisco Years 1948 -1968
20 minutes – The Architect Beverly Willis: San Francisco and New York Years 1958-1995
18 minutes – Built for Ballet – an American Original
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