Architecture Movie Series Presents “Modern Tide”

The TMH/Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series continues with midcentury architecture on Long Island.

October 22, 2012 (Cary, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses’ Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series continues on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. with a special screening of “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island.”

“Modern Tide” is a new independent documentary that explores the work of the region’s best post-war architects and designers, including Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Horace Gifford, Edward Durell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski, and others.

The film features interviews with architects and historians, as well as friends, families and clients of these influential designers. Both rare archival material and current-day cinematography highlight Long Island’s Modernist architectural treasures.

In an article about the film, ArchDaily.com writes: “After WWII, the East End of Long Island played host to a variety of architectural styles.  From modernism, through post-modernism, and deconstructionism, architects experimented with social ideas and aesthetic expressions, which culminated in ‘small’ houses scattered about the Island’s natural backdrop. Now, with the advent of the mega-mansion and the desire for ‘bigger,’ it is becoming increasingly difficult to preserve such iconic and progressive architectural projects.”

Yet 20th century modern residential architecture by top architects and designers is being systematically deleted from Long Island’s cultural landscape. “This rich asset is disappearing,” says director Jake Gorst. “We believe the film will foster renewed awareness and appreciation for Long Island’s remaining modernist structures and its unique architectural history.”

In situ studio 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, are sponsoring the entire series.

Admission is $9 per person per film, available at the door each night. TMH Mod Squad members are admitted free. Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs.

To see the entire series line-up, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies. The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard (www.mygalaxycinema.com; 919-463-9959).

To view a trailer of “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island,” go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com

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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 NCMH/Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents “God’s Architects”

A documentary celebrating five men who create their own architectural worlds.

February 8, 2011 (Cary, NC) — North Carolina Modernist Houses continues the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series this month with a special screening of “God’s Architects,” a moving documentary that studies and celebrates five solitary designer/builders from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The film will be shown Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Cary’s Galaxy Cinema.

Created by young filmmaker Zach Godshall, the documentary details how and why these five men, who operate without funding or blueprints and completely unknown to each other, dedicate their lives to create architectural worlds drawn from nothing more than their imagination.

“I think I was initially attracted to these guys because they are working without blueprints, without funding and really going off what they felt was intuition or inspiration,” Godshall says, “and to me that was an inspiring situation to be in.”  The young filmmaker says he learned a lot while working with these self-taught builders. “These guys really do bare their hearts in this movie. They’re very genuine, and I think it comes across, and people feel that.”

Rusty Long Architect is sponsoring this special screening of “God’s Architects.” Sponsors for the entire NCMH 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 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. For a complete list of upcoming films, to buy advance tickets, and to see a trailer of upcoming films, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

All proceeds from ticket sales support North Carolina Modernist Houses’ mission of documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. For more information on the award-wining organization, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents Louis Sullivan Documentary

Examining the life, career, and influence of the American architect/artist. 

November 30, 2011 (Cary, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses continues the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series this month with a special screening of “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture” on Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m, in Cary’s Galaxy Cinema.

Directed by Mark Richard Smith, the film focuses on the life and career of Louis Sullivan as an artist and what he tried to do for American architecture. Much of the footage is comprised of moving shots that trace building details and ornamentation not readily seen by the casual eye.

“Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture marks the first time that the life and career of Louis Sullivan have been brought to the screen,” the film’s website states. “Aside from several films that presented certain parts of Sullivan’s career such as his skyscrapers and banks, there has never been an in-depth exploration of him as an artist and what he tried so hard to do for American architecture.

The film presents Sullivan as an artist who never felt completely comfortable in the romanticism of the nineteenth-century or the unsentimental, mechanized world of the 20th century. It also looks at how Louis Sullivan exerted a tremendous influence on the development of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tickets to the film are $9 at the door. Galaxy Cinema is located in the Village Square Shopping Center at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC 27511. Phone: 919-463-9959.

Hanbury Preservation Consulting in Raleigh is sponsoring this special screening of “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle For American Architecture.” Sponsors for the entire series are Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Kontek, Alphin Design Build, Cherry Modern, Modern Home Auction, Studio B Architecture, and Dail Dixon FAIA.

Hosted by Triangle Modernist Houses, the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features exciting and hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. Films are shown one Thursday of each month from October through March 2012. For a complete list of the upcoming films, to buy advance tickets, and to see a trailer of upcoming film, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies.

NCMH Announces 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series

Season tickets are now available.

September 12, 2011 (Cary, NC) – North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization that documents, preserves, and promotes Modernist residential architecture, has announced the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series starting in October and running through March at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

This season’s dates and films about architecture are:

  • October 20 — Rem Koolhaas, A Kind of Architect, “an engaging portrait of a visionary man that takes us to the heart of his ideas.”
  • November 17 — The Birds Nest, a documentary about the famous and controversial National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
  • December 15 — Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture, an in-depth look the architect as an artist “and what he tried so hard to do for American architecture.”
  • January 19 — How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?, a new film that “traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.”
  • February 16 — God’s Architects, a documentary by young filmmaker Zak Godshall “that studies and celebrates five solitary designer/builders from Arkansas, California, Louisiana and Mississippi.”
  • March 15 — Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect, a film that “shows the human side of Johnson and how his extraordinary life shaped his rich architectural legacy.”

Trailers and more information on each film are available at www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

This marks the third year NCMH has organized and hosted the architectural movie series, which is primarily sponsored by Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture. Other sponsors are: Kontek Systems, Alphin Design Build, Cherry Modern, Modern Home Auction, Dail Dixon FAIA, Studio B Architecture, Eidelon Designs, Hanbury Preservation Consulting, Rusty Long Architect, Lee Hansley Gallery, and Blueplate PR.

“You might be surprised to know that we’re rapidly becoming the center for date night.  Whether people have known each other two days or 20 years, our movies are a guaranteed home run: entertaining yet thought–provoking, an audience with similar interests, great popcorn, and lots of door prizes!” says George Smart, NCMH Board Chair.

All movies start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $9 but season tickets are only $29, representing almost a 50 percent savings. Advance tickets, including season tickets, are available at www.ncmodernist.org/movies. Proceeds benefit NCMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs.

Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents “Koolhaas HouseLife”

Maison a Bordeaux

The third of four architecture films hosted by Triangle Modernist Houses.com

 

February 1, 2011 (CARY, NC) – The second annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. The series continues this month with a special screening of Koolhaas HouseLife, featuring architect Rem Koolhaas’ 1998 Maison a Bordeaux (House in Bordeaux), on Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m.. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

 

Koolhaas HouseLife examines daily life inside a masterpiece of modern architecture. Unlike most architecture films, however, this one focuses less on explaining the house and more on letting the viewer experience what Time Magazine named “the best design of 1998” through the eyes of the woman who has to clean it, housekeeper Guadelupe Acedo.

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Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Continues with “Sketches of Frank Gehry”

The second in a series of four films hosted by Triangle Modernist  Houses.com

 

January 3, 2010 (CARY, NC) – The second annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series, featuring hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture, continues with a special screening of “Sketches of Frank Gehry” directed by Sydney Pollack on Thursday, January 13, 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

 

Presented by the nonprofit historic preservation group Triangle Modernist Houses, “Sketches of Frank Gehry” was Pollack’s first feature-length documentary. Through film, digital video, and deliberate informality, he explores the life, work, and work process of his long-time friend, the brilliant and sometimes controversial Los Angeles architect dubbed “the most important architect of our age” by Vanity Fair.

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