Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.


October 02. 2017

"BEYOND FORM" can now be seen through Amazon!

Thank you again everyone who made this possible!

from Documentary film maker Aimee Madsen.


October 28. 2016

Film director Aimee Madsen and Cosanti Foundation Directors Mary Hoadley and Roger Tomalty are in New Mexico to screen PAOLO SOLERI - BEYOND FORM, last night in Albuquerque.

[photos by Aimee Madsen]


We screened to a sold out audience in Albuquerque. So grateful to every one who made it possible. Next comes Santa Fe on the 29th!


On April 7. 2015 the ASU JULIE ANN WRIGLEY GLOBAL INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABILITY is hosting "Paolo Soleri, Beyond Form" film at the Harkins Valley Art Theater on 509 S Mill Ave in Tempe, AZ 85281.

This cinéma vérité style documentary presents a fresh look at the genre and ground-breaking architect Paolo Soleri. He remains largely unknown outside of architectural circles, but his legacy as an artist, builder and urban theorist is staggering. Narrated by actor-activist Peter Coyote, Aimee Madsen’s documentary takes a close look at Soleri’s origins and lifelong labor of love–called Arcosanti, set in the unforgiving desert outside Phoenix, Arizona.

Aimee Madsen, the film’s director/producer, will lead a post-film discussion with Roger Tomalty (co-writer/director of Paolo Soleri Studios) and Mary Hoadley (Arcosanti site coordinator).

View trailer here.

Free parking is available at the Brickyard Parking Garage. Bring your ticket and the theater will validate.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their eWaste to this event. Any electronic item that has a cord or takes batteries can be recycled. Potential items include: cell phones, mice, keyboards, monitors, old computers, alarm clocks, chargers, and any media such as cds, disks, flashdrives, and film.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Showtime 7:00 p.m.

Harkins Valley Art Theater
509 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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November 24. 2014

The "Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form" documentary by film director Aimee Madsen was selected to be shown at the Napa Valley Film Festival. The festival took place from November 12. to 16. 2014 at locations in Napa, Yountville, St, Helena and Calistoga.

Aimee brought back a few photos of the event:

"Here are some photos from our magical time at NVFF. Beyond Form was well received, shown through laughter, gasps, clapping and tears at Sundays screening in Napa. It was a real gift to have some of the original people who broke ground at Arcosanti attend the screening.

Overlooking the town of Calistoga

On the way to a screening/near St. Helena

"Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form"

Director and producer Aimee Madsen

Screenwriter Roger Tomalty

Narrated by Peter Coyote

Film Mixer at the Beaulieu Vineyard

Some of the original ground breakers at Arcosanti pose for a picture after the second screeing in Napa:

(from left)
Jim Labioda, Karen Klonsky, Mary Hoadley,
Roger Tomalty, Joni Bissell, Ted Bissell,
Kathy Ziccardi, Kat Tomalty, Yves Boisrame,
Amelia Straight, Christian Straight.

October 14. 2013

The new documentary, PAOLO SOLERI: BEYOND FORM recently returned from its European tour to appear on the biggest screen yet, at the famous Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona.

[photos and text by Aimee Madsen]

It was a wonderful screening arranged by Jeff Yanc at The Loft, taking place as part of Tucson's Modernism Week on October 5. 2013.

[photo: filmmaker Aimee Madsen and Mary Hoadley]

Aimee Madsen the director, Mary Hoadley and Roger Tomaly were at the screening to answer the many questions afterwards from a grateful and lively Tucson audience.

The first screening of "PAOLO SOLERI - BEYOND FORM" on April 20. 2013 was sold out and because of popular demand two additional screenings are scheduled for this upcoming Sunday, April 28. 2013, at 1:30 pm and at 3:30 pm, this time at the SMOCA Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art.

This is documentary filmmaker Aimee Madsen's first film and has met with lively enthusiasm and lots of good feedback. 

For details see this link.

[photo by Chihiro Saito]

The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert, a documentary film by Lisa Scafuro, is picked 2013 Official Selection at the NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL and will be shown on July 20, 2013 at the festival.

There will be more screenings of the film scheduled in coming months. Here are FACEBOOK  and TWEET pages with links to the Film Trailer and Music Score.


Upcoming events include the screening of "PAOLO SOLERI - BEYOND FORM"  film by documentary filmmaker Aimee Madsen. 

You can see the film at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on April 20. 2013 at 4 pm. For tickets visit this link.

Following the film premiere, there will be a guided tour of "MESA CITY TO ARCOSANTI" exhibition that features Paolo Soleri's works at the SMOCA until April 28. 2013.

January 07. 2013

Producer/director David Licata and cinematographer Andy Bowley were in the studio with Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein in New York City for a day this past week where they filmed an interview that will eventually be part of Licata’s film, A LIFE’S WORK. [photos by Andy Bowley and Jeff Stein and text by Jeff Stein] 

The film is a documentary that traces the lives of four people – one of them Paolo Soleri – who began projects they would not be able to finish in their lifetimes.  A link to Licata’s continuing blog about the film is here

Both Licata and Bowley have been visitors at Arcosanti during the time they have been shooting the film. We expect to see them here at least once more this coming year. 

December 12. 2012

Giosuè Boetto and his cameraman Sergio Cavandoli from RAI Italian Television visited in early March 2012 to interview Paolo Soleri and film in various locations at Cosanti and Arcosanti. They completed a 34 minute documentary that is now shown on RAI Italian Television. We hope to add a link in the near future.

Director Giosuè Boetto Cohen wrote to Cosanti Foundation president Jeff Stein on December 10. 2012:

Dear Jeff,

Our today's presentation has been a success. So many students gathered that the fire department had to ask some of them to leave, for safety reasons!

The majestic "aula magna" where Paolo got his degree in 1945 was sold out. Many people standing. His smiling face appeared on a large screen  in the middle of the 17th century frescos, together with some of his beautiful drawings.

We had RAI tv coverage starting in the morning news today, continuing tonight and next saturday at the evening local news, plus a special report on national news "Leonardo" on tuesday afternoon. The full documentary will be on air that day, at 8.30 pm (terrific airtime!). Dailies "Corriere della sera" and "La stampa" both published a very nice column.

Today, among others,  Carlo Olmo made the best speech about Paolo spirituality and coherence. He called him a sort of secolar monk, with very ancient roots and very advanced views. He explained the "deep value of the desert" connecting Paolo's life and theories to meditation and even some figures of hebraism. He also analized the high value meaning of Echology in Paolo's vision and the environment as a learning asset.

Olmo has been dean of the Architecture College for many years and is now directing the Journal of Architecture. He met Paolo and had a long conversation with him. The present dean Rocco Curto, professor Alfredo Mela, urbanist Cristina Bianchetti, professor Rosa Tamborrino also addressed the audience.

Last spoke architect Franco Berlanda, one of Paolo's college companions. A touching memory of young Soleri very few could deliver.

As you can see the two and half hours were pretty buzy. Please, bring all this good news to Paolo, tell him that we all have strongly thought of him today, and the students kept silent for all the time, fascinated by what they were watching and listening.