MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series Screens Another Double Feature: “Xmas Meier” and “Gehry’s Vertigo”

Xmas MeierThis year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, continues on Thursday, December 3, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium, NC State University Centennial Campus, in Raleigh with another double feature.

The first film, “Xmas Meier” (2013, 37 minutes) takes viewers, during the Christmas season, into the heart of a working-class neighborhood in the suburbs of Rome that a church built by Richard Meier lifted from obscurityControversy, caustic irony, and free speech are juxtaposed with the faithful’s devotion. L’espresso, an Italian news magazine, called the film, “Delightful, wonderful, cheeky, hilarious! Not to be missed!”

Gehry's VertigoThe second feature, “Gehry’s Vertigo” (2013, 45 minutes) offers a rare trip onto the roofs of the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. By following the climbing team in charge of cleaning the glass — their ascensions, their techniques, and their difficulties – the documentary observes the good and not-so-good complexity of Frank Gehry’s architecture.

Monthly through February 2016, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series screens hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with a student ID are admitted free of charge. NCSU Friends of the Library receive a 10 percent discount off tickets with a “Friends of the Library” card. The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library.

Series sponsor MoHo Realty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Other series sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works.

For more information on the series, the films, and to view trailers, go to


Modern Ruin: MoHo Architecture Movie Series Presents Documentary on The World’s Fair Pavilion

PromoPosterFilmmaker Matt Silva will be on hand for Q&A session.

As an addition to its 2015-2016 Architecture Movie Series, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and series sponsor MoHo Realty present a special screening of the documentary “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion” on Saturday, November 14, 6:30 p.m., at King’s in downtown Raleigh.

Filmmaker Matt Silva will fly in from New York for a Q&A session after the screening. Dr. Marsha Gordon, Professor of Film Studies at NC State University, will introduce Silva.

“Modern Ruin” tells the story of the New York State Pavilion designed by Pavilion PhotoPhilip Johnson, the highlight of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York. It was saved from the fate of many of the venues in the World’s Fair, but it has only been used sporadically over the past 50 years and is now in ruins. In the 1990s, it was prominently featured in the film “Men in Black.”

In his documentary, Silva illuminates the steps architects and other staunch supporters have taken to protect and re-purpose the Pavilion.

“Silva packs this documentary with people who lived during that time and people who have taken a great interest in the preservation of the pavilion,” wrote Christopher Inoa for Untapped after the premiere.

“I hope that the film helps people re-imagine the space and are inspired to dream for what it can be in the future,” Silva says.

Adam Carrington of Carrington Electric is co-hosting the event at King’s, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

To see a trailer of “Modern Ruin,” go to

For more information on NCMH and the entire MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, go to

MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series: “The Vision of Paolo Soleri”

soleri-movieA documentary on the late Italian architect, environmentalist, philosopher.

The 2014-15 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and sponsored by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle, continues Wednesday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. with a special screening of “The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert” at Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Campus, in downtown Durham.

Directed by Scottsdale filmmaker Lisa Scafuro, the 2013 documentary explores Italian architect ad environmentalist Paolo Soleri’s unprecedented artistic quest.

Soleri (1919-2013) came to America in 1946 to meet and mentor under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, Arizona. After a year and a half, Soleri left Wright to embark on a blazing original course of his own that drew people from Jimi Hendrix to Buckminster Fuller to listen and learn from the artist, philosopher, and architect.

Soleri explored the countless possibilities of human aspiration. His most outstanding endeavor is Arcosanti, an urban laboratory constructed in the Arizona high desert that focuses on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. “Arcosanti attempts to test and demonstrate an alternative human habitat which is greatly needed in this increasingly perplexing world,” according to the Arcosanti website. Arcosanti also exemplifies Soleri’s “steadfast devotion to creating an experiential space to ‘prototype’ an environment in harmony with man.”

The film took seven years to complete but Soleri was able to view a rough cut on his final birthday in 2012. According to the Arizona news site AZCentral, Soleri enjoyed the film and gave it his approval, telling Scafuro “Bravo.”

(To view a movie trailer on YouTube:

All tickets to the film are $10 at the door. Space is limited so movie goers are encouraged to arrive early. Full Frame Theatre is located within the American Tobacco Campus at 320 Blackwell Street, #101, Durham, NC 27702.

Blueplate PR in Raleigh is sponsoring this special screening. Series sponsors include The Kitchen Specialist, VMZinc, Palette & Parlor, and MdM Historic Consultants. For more information on NCMH and the entire 2014-15 Architecture Movie Series visit

NCMH Opens 2015 With Back-To-Back Events In Downtown Durham

A film on Santiago Calatrava’s “Turning Torso” building and a

Santiago Calatrava's "Twisted Tower" in Malmo, Sweden.

Santiago Calatrava’s “Twisted Tower” in Malmo, Sweden.

networking event at Kontek.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will open 2015 with two back-to-back Durham events: a special screening of a film about world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and a “Thirst4Architecture” (T4A) design networking event at Kontek Systems.

On Wednesday, January 7, at 7:30 pm, the NCMH MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series will present “The Socialist, The Architect, and The Twisted Tower,” the dramatic, behind-the-scenes story about building the tallest residential tower in Malmo, Sweden, that Santiago Calatrava said was inspired by a turning human torso. The environmentally sustainable, 620-foot-high, twisted building once was once named the “world’s best residential building project.”

The film will be shown at Full Frame Theatre, 320 Blackwell Street, on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Space is limited so early arrival is recommended. Sarah Sonke of ModTriangle, specializing in Modernist real estate sales and auctions, is sponsoring the entire movie series. The Calatrava film’s specific sponsor is Center Studio Architecture, specializing in modern downtown Durham development.

PrintThe following night, Thursday, January 8, Frank Konhaus and Wes Newman of Kontek Systems will host NCMH’s first T4A networking  event in 2015 in their downtown Durham headquarters at 318 Holland Street from 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public, the event will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of one of Kontek’s audio/video design and integration projects in downtown Durham.

T4A events connect hundreds of Modernist design enthusiasts in a casual environment. The host business provides refreshments and other entertainment while attendees build relationships, create strategic alliances, and make new contacts. Emilie Huin of 501 Realty sponsors the 2015 T4A series.

NCMH is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For the dates and locations of future movies and T4A events, visit


NCMH Launches 2014-2015 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series

With a special screening of “Fully Awake: Black Mountain College.” FullyAwake

North CarolinaModernist Houses (NCMH) and MODTriangle Realty will launch the 2014-2015 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series this Wednesday, October 1, at Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC, with a special showing of “Fully Awake: Black Mountain College” at 7:30 p.m.

Before the film, North Carolina State University College of Design Adjunct Associate Professor Margret Kentgens-Craig, author of The Bauhaus in America, will speak about the Bauhaus movement and Black Mountain College’s influence on architecture.

From October through February, NCMH and MODTriangle Realty will screen films focused on architecture once a month. Full Frame Theater will host most, but not all, of the films. The theater is located within the American Tobacco Campus at 319 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701 (919.431.1566).

“Fully Awake: Black Mountain College” is a documentary film that explores the college’s radical approach to arts education. Throughout its existence from 1933-1957, this unique college in Western North Carolina was an influential experiment in education that inspired and shaped 20th century American art. This film screening is sponsored by Dail Dixon, FAIA.

imagesOn Wednesday, November 5, the movie series continues at Full Frame Theater with “Unfinished Spaces,” sponsored by BuildSense. This documentary looks at the radical designs three young, visionary architects created in 1961 when Fidel Castro and Che Guevara invited them to produce Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba.

On Wednesday, December 3, comedy comes to the MODTriangle Movie Series when architect/blogger/comedian Jody Brown and stand-up comedian Marcie Maier accompany a screening of “The Fountainhead” (location to be announced). This classic 1949 film is based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, which illuminates idealism versus reality in the pursuit of architecture. Starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, the film now displays some humerous and awkward moments, which Brown and Maier will exploit. The event is sponsored by Carrington Electric LLC.

On Wednesday, January 7, Full Frame Theater will host a documentary about Santiago Calatrava Valls, the renowned Spanish neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor, and painter whose buildings are often considered giant sculpture. The specific film and the location for the screening will be announced at a later date. Center Studio Architecture will sponsor the Calatrava film.

On Wednesday, February 4, the 2014-2015 series will conclude with “The Competition,” a documentary on the politics and the power struggles of an architecture competition for the Andorran National Museum of Art. The competition pitted five world-renowned “starchitects” against each other: Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid, and Norman Foster. The museum remains unbuilt. This special screening, sponsored by Blueplate PR, will be held at the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design, 14 East Peace Street, Raleigh, NC (919.833.6656).

All films begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. NCMH Mod Squad members are admitted free until capacity is reached. Seating is very limited so movie-goers are encouraged to arrive early

George Smart, NCMH director, will also raffle off various architecture-related items after each screening.

Additional sponsors for the 2014-2015 NCMH MODTriangle Movie Series include The Kitchen Specialist in Durham, VMZinc in Raleigh, and Palette & Parlor in Chapel Hill.

For more information on the movie series and NCMH in general, visit


MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series Presents “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat”

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October 10, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – On Wednesday, November 6, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and series sponsor Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle will present “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat” at 7:30 p.m. at The Raleigh Grande Cinema in Raleigh. Director Mike Dorsey of Los Angeles will Introduce the film and take questions afterwards.

In an interview earlier this year, Dorsey said, “The Oyler House is about the relationship between an architect and his client. In 1959, my step-grandfather, who was a working-class government employee in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California…asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To his surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last for the rest of Neutra’s life.”

English designer and blogger Mark Robinson, who conducted the interview with Dorsey, wrote, “I’ve been lucky enough to watch the full film, and to any architecture or design fan you’ll definitely fall in love with the house, the setting, and the general storyline. It’s very heartwarming to hear how the place was built from scratch and to see the old archive films of it being used and lived in for its intended purpose. You won’t be disappointed!”

Oyler1The documentary features interviews with Richard F. Oyler, the original owner of the house; Neutra’s sons Raymond and Dion; and the house’s current owner, actress Kelly Lynch. Through these interviews, the film provides insight into Neutra’s remarkably visionary mind.

Tickets to “The Oyler House” are $9 and are available at the NCMH ticket desk inside the Raleigh Grande at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 (919.226.2012).

Additional movies series sponsors include the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, VMZINC, Kontek, Alison Steele of A + S Design, and Blueplate PR.

For more information on this and future films in the MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, go to

About NC Modernist Houses:

NC Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website www.ncmodern.orgis the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. 

Triangle Modernist Houses Presents “Eames: The Architect and The Painter”

A documentary film on designers Charles and Ray Eames ends the 4th annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series.

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames

January 23, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) will conclude its 4th Annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series with a special screening of “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Grande cinema in Raleigh.

Charles Eames and his wife and partner, Ray, are widely regarded as two of America’s most important designers. They are perhaps best remembered for their mid-century modern plywood and fiberglass furniture, yet their Venice, California-based firm created an astonishing variety of other products, from splints for wounded soldiers during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films, and toys.

Their personal lives and their influence on significant events in American life have been less widely understood – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age.  In its review of the documentary, the New York Times suggested that Charles and Ray Eames’ approach to product design and the presentation of information “was in its way as influential as [Apple founder Steve] Jobs’…[and] left traces in nearly every aspect of contemporary life.”

Created by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey and narrated by James Franco, “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” is the first film since the Eames’ deaths dedicated to their creative geniuses and work. To view a trailer, go to

Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh is sponsoring this special screening. Modern Home Auction, Go Realty, The Kitchen Specialist, and Carrington Electric LLC, and VMZinc, as well as Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, have sponsoring the entire series.

Individual admission is $9 per person per film, available at the door. Mod Squad members are admitted free. Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs for modernist residential architecture from the 1950s to today. To order advance tickets, go to

The Raleigh Grande is located at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh NC 27613, just off Lynn Road and Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West (919-226-2012).

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit