2016-2017 MoHo Architecture Movie Series Opens with “Desert Utopia”


The 2016-2017 MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, presented by North Carolina Modernist Houses, begins on Thursday, October 13, in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with a series-long tribute to Palm Springs — California’s desert resort city known for its hot springs, stylish hotels and spas, and its many fine examples of midcentury modern architecture.

The first film in the series is “Desert Utopia,” which traces the origins of midcentury architecture in Palm Springs from the first bold forays into modernist design to the preservation challenges facing the region today. Director Jake Gorst takes viewers into landmark structures by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, William Cody, and William Krisel, and offers never-before-seen archival footage of the architects and the structures’ construction. The film also includes interview with historians, homeowners, and the architects who helped create this mecca of modernism.

According to Modernica.net, “Desert Utopia” is a “must-see flick.”

Each fall, the award-winning non-profit organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) launches its annual winter movie series of hard-to-find architecture-related films.

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 and OLLI members receive 10 percent off the ticket price with their group ID card.

MoHoRealty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and sponsors the series. Other sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works. For more information, and to view trailers, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library. For parking and directions, go to www.lib.ncsu.edu/parking.


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 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.