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This series will be directed and produced by talented filmmakers with successful, award-winning experience in documentary films:

Thomas Piper, Director and Editor

Director, Cinematographer and Editor Thomas Piper is an award-winning filmmaker, who specializes in documenting architecture. 


As the Director of Production for the Checkerboard Film Foundation, he has been responsible for shooting, editing and coordinating all aspects of production for documentaries on individuals who have made important contributions to the American arts.  Tom has directed, photographed and edited more than 30 award-winning films on contemporary artists, architects, writers and musicians.  His work includes a series of 30-minute films on architects including Jean Nouvel, Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, Steven Holl, Jeanne Gang, Robert A. M. Stern, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, and architectural historian Vincent Scully.  


As an independent producer he was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum to make a documentary  celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright museum building.  He recently completed a feature documentary on the influential landscape designer Piet Oudolf, which is in international release.  

Mitchell Block, Executive Producer

Executive Producer Mitchell Block has conceived, produced, marketed and distributed documentaries, television programs, independent features and short subjects. 


Mitchell was a producing fellow at the American Film Institute.  He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Television Academy, a founding member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles, and a life member of the University Film & Video Association and the International Documentary Association. 


Among other awards, Poster Girl, which he produced, was nominated for an Academy Award, and selected as the Best Documentary Short by the by the International Documentary Association.  He conceived, co-created and was an executive producer for the award-winning 10-hour PBS documentary Carrier; and was an executive producer for HBO's Oscar-winning film Big Mama.  No Lies, which he wrote, produced and directed was one of 600 American films made since 1895 that have been selected in the last 25 years for the National Register of Historical Films of the Library of Congress for preservation.

William Versaci, Creator and Producer

Creative Producer William Versaci is an architect and filmmaker who conceived Vice Versa Media to produce educational programs on architecture and building from the elementary school classroom to public television broadcast. 


His professional experience is managing multi-disciplinary teams in the planning, design and construction of large-scale multi-building development programs for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, NASA, college campuses and public school systems. 


Bill holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture from Yale University, where was a teaching assistant in architectural history and theory for Vincent Scully and Charles W. Moore, and was the Editor of Perspecta 15, The Yale Architectural Journal.  He has been a visiting studio critic at U.C Berkeley and California College of Art.