The 2014-2015 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series
Powered by Sarah Sonke of MODTriangle Realty

Series Sponsors Include:

All tickets are $10 at the door.  Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached.  
Please note locations change between Raleigh and Durham.

Unfinished Spaces (2011) Poster

Wednesday, November 5, 730pm
2011 - Unfinished Spaces (86 min)
Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Complex, Durham.  Only 100 seats available - what that means is, get there early if you want a seat!

In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant. Forty years later the schools are in use but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.

Before the movie, have dinner at one of the ATC's  many restaurants: Cuban Revolution / Ed Mitchell's QUE / Mellow Mushroom / Moe's Southwest Grill / OnlyBurger / Saladelia / The District / Tobacco Road / Tyler's Taproom / Which Wich

Sponsored by Randy Lanou, Erik Mehlman, and the staff of

Wednesday, December 3, 730pm

1949 - The Fountainhead (114 minutes)
Location:  The Raleigh Grande, Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road, Raleigh

The classic film that inspired a generation of architects, based on the Ayn Rand book about the idealisms of architecture vs the realities of architecture.  Starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, the film has what are now some funny and awkward moments -- which we'll be enhancing MST3K-style with special guests:

comedian, architect, blogger, and the master of coffee and angst, Jody Brown; and comedy standup sensation Marcie Maier.


Sponsored by:  Adam Carrington of Carrington Electric LLC, specializing in wiring and power solutions for new and existing Modernist houses.

Wednesday, January 7, 730pm

2005 - The Socialist, the Architect,
and the Twisted Tower (60 minutes)
Location:  Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Complex, Durham

The Socialist, The Architect and the Twisted Tower chronicles the intriguing (and twisted) story behind the design and construction of the “Turning Torso,” Europe’s tallest residential building, designed by world famous architect Santiago Calatrava in Malmö, Sweden.   It is a spectacular structure and an even more spectacular project riddled with skyrocketing costs, outsized egos, and at its heart, a debate between new capitalism and old socialist ideals.

For Calatrava, known primarily for public works (such as the Athens Olympic complex and the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub), it is an opportunity to design his first skyscraper. For the city of Malmö, and particularly for Johnny Orback, Board Chairman of the Malmo branch of the co-operative housing association (HSB), an organization rooted in the Swedish welfare tradition, it is a chance to become a European city of the 21st century.  For both men, there is plenty at stake. But as the project progresses, numerous problems come to the forefront. Costs run wild, Calatrava is never available, and for the HSB, the issue of whether this tower is worth it, whether its more important to spend the money on middle class housing, becomes more pressing everyday.

Before the movie, have dinner at one of the ATC's  many restaurants: Cuban Revolution / Ed Mitchell's QUE / Mellow Mushroom / Moe's Southwest Grill / OnlyBurger / Saladelia / The District / Tobacco Road / Tyler's Taproom / Which Wich

Sponsored by:  Scott Harmon, David Arneson, and the staff of Center Studio Architecture, the architects behind the recently- announced Jack Tar Hotel renovation in Durham, aka the Oprah Building.
The Competition (2013) Poster

Wednesday, February 4, 730pm
2013 - The Competition (75 minutes)
Location:  AIA North Carolina, 14 East Peace, Raleigh

This fascinating documentary focuses on the politics and the power struggles in an architectural competition between five world-renowned "starchitects" – Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster – to beat each other for a nearly-forgotten Andorran National Museum of Art, still yet to be built.

Sponsored by:

Kim Weiss of BluePlate PR, North Carolina's specialist in public relations for design and construction firms.

Movies are subject to change.  Proceeds benefit NCMH's documentation, preservation,
and promotion projects.  For questions, contact George Smart at 919.740.8407.