The 2020-2021 NCModernist/ModHomes Architecture Movie Series
Sponsored by ModHomes Realtor Sarah Sonke
Also sponsored by Hill Country Woodworks and the NCSU Libraries
1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill
The Chelsea is a beloved Chapel Hill art house theatre featuring fresh popcorn, craft beers, wine, and soft drinks! Doors open at 7pm, films start at 730pm. Prizes at each film! Tickets at the door are $11 general public, $9 Chelsea and Mod Squad members. Or you can get advance tickets here.
Special: Free admission for Mod Squad members with pre-registration, up to capacity: send an email to Rebekah@ncmodernist.org by noon on Friday before the film. Free seats do run out, so reserve yours early.
Monday, October 5
The New Bauhaus
As the Nazis took over Germany, many of the displaced Bauhaus masters found refuge in the United States. In 1937, László Moholy-Nagy came to Chicago to start the New Bauhaus. The school was far from successful initially, but through its various incarnations, Moholy-Nagy and his New Bauhaus forever transformed design, photography and arts education in America and beyond. In Chicago, The New Bauhaus evolved from its origins at the German Bauhaus into an extraordinary flowering of interdisciplinary design pedagogy premised on the notion that “the whole field of contemporary architecture and design must be based upon an indivisible unification of formerly separated and independent fields.” Featuring Producer Alyssa Nahmias by phone for Q&A after the movie.
Monday, November 2
Frey Part II: The Architectural Interpreter
In a follow up to last year's Frey I, Frey II starts in 1939. Swiss-born Corbusian architectural envoy Albert Frey embarks on a decades-long journey of discovery. His world travels and love of nature would lead him to carve out a new style of modernism, leaving its indelible mark on the desert community of Palm Springs, California. With never-before-seen archival films, photographs and interviews, this film continues to reveal the mystique of an influential architectural master. Plus it has spectacular footage of Frey's work in Palm Springs. Featuring producer Jake Gorst by phone for Q&A after the movie.
Monday, December 7
Neutra: Survival Through Design
A comprehensive documentary into the 125 year life, work, and times of Austrian/American Architect Richard Neutra – the legacy which continued through the preservation work of sons Raymond and Dion Neutra. Featuring Q&A with producer PJ Letofsky by phone after the movie
Monday, January 11
American architect Bruce Goff tried to go beyond infinity throughout his career, exploring the possibilities of architecture from an unconventional point of view, using common materials in innovative ways and coming up with futuristic combinations of colours and textures. During a long teaching career, Goff also developed projects for private clients, among them Ledbetter House (1947), Bachman House (1948), and Bavinger House (1950). Goff’s willingness to explore unprecedented forms, his passion for new materials, shapes and solutions, meant that his work wasn't often received in a favourable light from more conservative environments. Featuring Producer Britni Harris for Q&A by phone after the movie.
Monday, February 1
The Man and the Architect: Jorn Utzon
This documentary tells the story of Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon's unique gift, brought to the world with the unending support of Lis, the love of his life. His story is told by the people who were closest to him: his children, close colleagues and friends, who share their open, honest anecdotes and experiences of him as an architect and a man. The film is a portrait of a devoted humanitarian and a sensitive and loving soul. Featuring producer Lene Borch Hansen for Q&A by phone after the movie.
Monday, March 1
Leisurama is that too-rare creature: a compelling documentary about architecture and design. Leisurama concept was born out of a model home, with interiors by Raymond Loewy, shown at the American National Exhibit in Moscow in 1959 — site of the famous "kitchen debate" between Krushchev and Nixon. The model house shown there was an incipient Cold War symbol, a testament of the quality of life enjoyed by the average American. A developer subsequently had the idea to build an entire colony of affordable vacation homes on Montauk, designed by Andrew Geller, who designed banks and stores for Loewy but on his own gained acclaim for his fantastic, angular beach houses. As Geller describes in the film, he gave the developer many different ideas for the home designs of what would become the "Leisurama" community, but they went with essentially the one most similar to existing suburban "ranchburgers," as Alastair Gordon puts it. Featuring Producer Jake Gorst by phone for Q&A after the movie.
Past NCModernist Architecture Movies Include:
Eileen Gray: Gray Matters / Frey Part I: The Architecture Envoy / Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light / Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island / Sinatra in Palm Springs / My Architect / Louis Sullivan: Struggle for American Architecture / The Birds Nest / The Fountainhead / Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect / Sketches of Frank Gehry / Koolhaas HouseLife / Citizen Architect / If You Build It / Visual Acoustics: The Modernism Of Julius Shulman / Lioness Among Lions: The Architect Zaha Hadid / Unfinished Spaces / Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterwork / Modern Tide / The Infinite Happiness / Coast Modern / How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? / Phillip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect / Regular or Super: Mies Van der Rohe / Fully Awake: Black Mountain College / The Oyler House / Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow / People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler / The Pruitt-Igoe Myth / Me and My Moulton / Archiculture / Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner / Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw The Future / Romanza: The Structures of California / Eames: The Architect and the Painter / Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger / The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Tower / ThThe Competition / The Vision of Paolo Soleri / Big Time: Bjarke Ingels / Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair? / Edge of the Possible: Special Edition / E. Stewart Williams / Glenn Murcutt: A Spirit of Place / Rendered Small / One Big Home / Desert Maverick: William Cody / William Krisel, Architect / Quiet Elegance: The Architecture of Hugh Kaptur / The Infinite Happiness: Bjarke Ingels 8 House/ Journeyman Architect: Donald Wexler / Columbus / Windshield: A Vanished Vision / Desert Utopia / Xmas Meier / Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For / Modern Ruin / Gehry's Vertigo