NCMH Concludes the 2015-16 MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series with Double Feature, Special Exhibit

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will conclude its 2015-2016 MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series with a double feature on Thursday, February 4, in the James B. Hunt Library auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The first film will be the 30-minute, multi-award-winning movie-archidocumentary “Archiculture,” a thoughtful yet critical look at the architectural studio. Directed by Ian Harris and David Krantz, the film offers a revealing glimpse into the world of studio-based design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians, and educators help create crucial dialogue around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology as well as the built environment these future architects will create. (View the trailer here.)


ny_logo_mikrofilmThe second film is an animated short by Torill Kove entitled “Me and My Moulton.” In this witty film set in 1960s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her hopelessly out-of-touch Modernist parents for a bicycle, but the unconventional ways of this architect couple soon produce comical embarrassment and anxiety. It was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award. (View the trailer here.)

A Special Treat: NCMH suggests movie-goers arrive early the see a rare exhibit provided by the Special Collections Research Center at the NC State University Libraries: a collection of Modernist architectural drawings created by noted North Carolina modernists John Latimer, George Matsumoto, and James Fitzgibbon.

Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. NCMH’s Mod Squad members are admitted free until capacity is reached. The first 100 NCSU students with their student IDs will also get in free. NCSU Friends of the Library members receive 10 percent off tickets with their Friends of the Library cards.

Sarah Sonke of MoHo Realty has sponsored the entire 2015-16 series. Other sponsors include VMZinc, The Kitchen Specialist, and Hill Country Woodworks of Chapel Hill.

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium is located on NC State University’s Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available.

For more information on NCMH and the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

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MoHo Architecture Movie Series Continues with Double Feature

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This year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, continues on Thursday, November 5, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium in Raleigh with a double feature that focuses on small houses.

“Lustron: The House America’s Been Wait For” documents the rise and fall of engineering genius Carl Strandlund and his brainchild, the “Lustron,” a 1000-square-foot, post-war, pre-fab house. Made entirely of porcelain-enameled steel, the little Lustron was rot-proof, vermin-proof, and never needed painting. Averaging just $10,000, Lustrons could be erected on site in less than a week.

The Lustron’s ultimate failure was blamed on simple market forces. But in 1994, film producers Bill Kubota, Ed Moore, and Bill Ferehawk discovered a trail of newspaper clippings, Senate hearing transcripts, and internal Lustron Corporation documents suggesting that the collapse of the “General Motors of housing” was brought on by a government conspiracy that reached all the way to the Truman White House.

movie-doelgerThe second feature, “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” is a Monique Lombardelli documentary that celebrates the life and works of the San Francisco Bay Area pioneer of mid-century Modern design. In 1947, Doelger and his associates began building the Westlake district in Daly City. The district is one of the earliest examples of a large-tract suburban development and a manifestation of urban sprawl. Life magazine featured photographs of the numerous rows of houses in the 1950s, which were immortalized in Pete Seeger’s hit song “Little Boxes.”

Monthly now through February, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series will screen hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with one additional film in downtown Raleigh in November.

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 get 10 percent 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 www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

 

MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series Moves To Hunt Library, Opens October 1

NC Modernist HousesThis year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, starts this Thursday, October 1, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium in Raleigh with a special screening of the 2014 documentary “The Competition.”

“The Competition” is a raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, including Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid, struggling to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in Andorra, a tiny nation between France and Spain. Called “mud wrestling with architects, this is the first competition to be documented, producing an unclassifiable film that turns into an intense thriller.”

Monthly now through February, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series will screen hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with one additional film in downtown Raleigh in November.*

The series line-up includes:

  • Small Houses Double Feature:“Lustron: The House America’s Been Waiting For” and “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” on Thursday, November 5.
  • *Downtown Special Event:“Modern Ruin,” the story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion at the World’s Fair, on Saturday, November 14, at Kings Barcade, 14 West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.
  • Holiday Starchitecture Double Feature:“Xmas Meier” and “Gehry’s Vertigo” on Thursday December 3.
  • “Romanza: The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” on Thursday, January 7
  • Double Feature:“Archiculture” and an animated short feature “Me and My Moulton” on Thursday, February 4.

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 get in free. NCSU Friends of the Library receive 10 percent off tickets with their 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 www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series Spotlight Mies van der Rohe

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The series will screen “Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe” December 11.

 

November 25, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) — The 2013-14 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series, hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and sponsored by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle, continues Wednesday, December 11, with a special screening of “Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe,” a documentary on the German-American architect and master of Modernist design, at the Raleigh Grande Cinema in Raleigh.

Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) designed such high-profile buildings as The Seagram Building in New York City, Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago, The Barcelona Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain, and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany. He also designed furniture, including the iconic Barcelona Chair.

But In 1967, at the end of a career spanning more than six decades, he designed a gas station near Montreal. Filmmakers Patrick Demers and Joseph Hillel use the story of that gas station to introduce his entire body of work. As the New York Times described the documentary:

The program begins with an unusual illustration of the less-is-more philosophy — the creation of a simple Montreal gas station in 1967, late in van der Rohe’s career — and from there, expands into a panoramic view of his life, from his instruction at Bauhaus in the ’30s, through his departure to America, to his death in 1969, and all of the astonishing creations in-between.”

The Chicago Tribune’s movie critic Michael Wilmington noted that the documentary is “well-filmed, well-spoken, not overly adulatory, not pushily dramatic or agenda-laden. It gives us a brief sketch of Mies’ life and shows us a number of his beautiful buildings and interiors, accompanied by a hip jazz soundtrack.”

The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 and are available at the NCMH Ticket Desk inside the Raleigh Grande at 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh (27613).

Sponsors for the entire series are the Contemporary Art Museum-Raleigh, VMZink, Kontek Systems, and Alison Steele of A+S Design.

For more information on these and future films in the series, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies.htm.

 

 

 

NC Modernist Houses Announces 2013-2014 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series

Five films over five months spotlighting people, places, and trends in architecture.PeopleInGlassHouses

 

August 6, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – North Carolina Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) announces its 2013-2014 MODTriangleArchitecture Movie Series. Naming sponsor MODTriangle is a Raleigh real estate agency led by Sarah Sonke that specializes in Modernist houses and auctions.

Starting in October and running one Wednesday each month through February at the Raleigh Grande, the season’s schedule is:

 

·       October 2 – Double feature:  “Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow,” about the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro house, a Space Age utopia; and “People In Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler.”

 

·       November 6 – “The Oyler House” (2013). Filmmaker Mike Dorsey will be on hand to introduce his documentary about a house designed by the late Modernist architect Richard Neutra.

 

·       December 11 – “Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe,” an in-depth look at this architect-as-artist and what he tried to do for American architecture.

 

·       January 8 – “If You Build It” (2013), a documentary that follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller in poor, rural Bertie County, North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives.

 

·       February 5 – “Lioness Among Lions: The Architect Zaha Hadid,” a film that explores the life and controversial work of this world-famous English-Iraqi architect and 2004 Pritzker Prize winner.

 

Trailers and more information on each film are available at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies.

Other series sponsors include VMZINC®; Alison Steele of A+S Design; architect Dail Dixon, FAIA; Kim Weiss of Blueplate PR; Lee Hansley Gallery; Frank Konhaus and KONTEK; and MdM Historical Consultants.

The Raleigh Grande is located at 4840 Grove Barton Road, off Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West in Raleigh. All movies start at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $9 per person per film at the NCMH Ticket Desk inside the theatre. Members of the Mod Squad are free.  Proceeds benefit NCMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs.

NCMH Architecture Movie Series Ends with Philip Johnson Film

A look at the life and legacy of a great American architect.

March 6, 2012 (Cary, NC) – North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will conclude the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series with “Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect” on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

One of the best-known and most influential American architects of the 20th century, Philip Johnson, FAIA (1906-2005) founded the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1930. It was there that he and friends Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Henry-Russell Hitchcock assembled the landmark exhibition “The International Style: Architecture Since 1922″ in 1932. The show introduced the American public to the modern architecture that Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and others were designing in Europe.

In 1978 Johnson was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the highest honor the AIA confers, as well as the first-ever Pritzker Architecture Prize to honor an architect of international stature.

A few of Johnson’s most famous projects include Minneapolis’s IDS Tower, the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in Southern California, the AT&T Building in Manhattan, and his own Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, where he died in his sleep in 2005. (The Glass House is now open to the public.)

Directed by Barbara Wolf, the film “depicts Johnson at work, the importance of the architectural act, and the buildings’ interaction with their environment,” according to Design Intelligence (di.net/videos).

Lee Hansley Gallery is sponsoring this special screening of “Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect.” Sponsors for the entire TMH Architecture Movie Series include Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Dail Dixon FAIA, Studio B Architecture/BuildSense, Modern Home Auction, Cherry Modern, Kontek, and Alphin Design+Build.

Tickets to the film are $9. The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC 27511 (919-463-9989).

Hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses, the annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. Films are shown one Thursday of each month from October through March. All proceeds from ticket sales support Triangle Modernist Houses’ mission of documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. For more information on the award-winning non-profit organization, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

 

The 2011-2011 Nowell’s Architecture Movies Series Opens with “Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect”

October 6, 2011 (Cary, NC) – The 2011-2012 season of the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series opens at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., with the documentary “Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect.” The series is hosted by Triangle Modernist Houses, an award-winning local nonprofit for the documentation, preservation, and promotion of residential Modernist design.

Rem Koolhaas, 67, is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, and Professor in Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He won the Pritzker Prize in 2000 and Time magazine named him one of “The World’s Most Influential People” in 2008.

According to the film’s synopsis, “Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas.”

Directed by Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch, the documentary is “an engaging portrait of a visionary man [and] a visually inventive, thought-provoking portrait of the architect.”

Koolhaas himself has called it “the only film about me that I have liked.”

Other sponsors for this special screening include Kontek, Alphin Design-Build, Cherry Modern Interior Design, Dail Dixon FAIA, Studio B Architecture, ModernHomeAuction.com, and Eidolon Design. Tickets are $9 at the door. To reserve discount advance season tickets, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/register.htm.

Special associated offer: Bombay Beijing, an Indo-Chinese restaurant across the street from the Galaxy Cinema, offers film-goers a free ticket for every $15 spent in the restaurant that night before the movie.

The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC 27513; 919-463-9989. For more information and directions: www.mygalaxycinema.com.

“Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect” is the first of six architecture films in this year’s series.  They run on certain Thursdays monthly from October through March. To see the entire line-up, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies.

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