The 2020-2021 NCModernist/ModHomes Architecture Movie Series

Sponsored by ModHomes Realtor Sarah Sonke plus
NCSU Libraries, Witthaus, in situ studio, Hill Country Woodworks, and the Chelsea Theatre

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The Chelsea is a beloved Chapel Hill art house theatre that in normal times features fresh organic popcorn, local craft beers, and curated wine and soft drink sections. This year we're ONLINE and GLOBAL with their web viewing platform.  We've got seven exciting architecture films, one a month through April 2021!  Proceeds benefit the nonprofit documentation, preservation, and promotion work of NCModernist.

Frey Part II: The Architectural Interpreter

How to View: Starting at 9am on Oct 30 and ending at 9am on November 5, there will be a viewing link posted on this page.

Register (free)
, purchase your ticket (not free), and you have 72 hours from that point to stream the film. You can stop and resume viewing anytime.  If you registered for the last film, login and go directly to purchase.

In a follow up to last year's Frey I, Frey II The Architectural Adventurer starts in 1939. Swiss-born Corbusian architectural envoy Albert Frey embarks on a decades-long journey of discovery. His world travels and love of nature would lead him to carve out a new style of modernism, leaving its indelible mark on the desert community of Palm Springs, California. With never-before-seen archival films, photographs and interviews, this film continues to reveal the mystique of an influential architectural master. Plus it has spectacular footage of Frey's work in Palm Springs.  Participants will be invited to an exclusive Q&A, which is on November 5, 8pm ET, featuring producer Jake Gorst and co-star George Smart by Zoom.

Visual Acoustics
Monday-Wednesday, December 7-9

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this film celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.  Featuring producer Eric Bricker by Zoom for Q&A, TBA.

Monday, January 11

American architect Bruce Goff tried to go beyond infinity throughout his career, exploring the possibilities of architecture from an unconventional point of view, using common materials in innovative ways and coming up with futuristic combinations of colours and textures. During a long teaching career, Goff also developed projects for private clients, among them Ledbetter House (1947), Bachman House (1948), and Bavinger House (1950). Goff’s willingness to explore unprecedented forms, his passion for new materials, shapes and solutions, meant that his work wasn't often received in a favourable light from more conservative environments.  Featuring Producer Britni Harris for Q&A, TBA.

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The Man and the Architect: Jorn Utzon
Monday, February 1

This documentary tells the story of Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon's unique gift, brought to the world with the unending support of Lis, the love of his life. His story is told by the people who were closest to him: his children, close colleagues and friends, who share their open, honest anecdotes and experiences of him as an architect and a man. The film is a portrait of a devoted humanitarian and a sensitive and loving soul.

Featuring producer Lene Borch Hansen for Q&A, TBA.

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Monday, March 1

Leisurama is a compelling documentary about architecture and design. Leisurama concept was born out of a model home, with interiors by Raymond Loewy, shown at the American National Exhibit in Moscow in 1959 — site of the famous "kitchen debate" between Krushchev and Nixon. The model house shown there was an incipient Cold War symbol, a testament of the quality of life enjoyed by the average American. A developer subsequently had the idea to build an entire colony of affordable vacation homes on Montauk, designed by Andrew Geller, who designed banks and stores for Loewy but on his own gained acclaim for his fantastic, angular beach houses. As Geller describes in the film, he gave the developer many different ideas for the home designs of what would become the "Leisurama" community, but they went with essentially the one most similar to existing suburban "ranchburgers," as Alastair Gordon puts it. Featuring Q&A with Producer Jake Gorst, TBA.

The Human Shelter
Monday, April 5

How do we construct homes in today’s worldwide hotspots which are facing the challenges of climate change, globalization and migration? How do people create shelters and feel at home with others and in their bodies?  ​Boris Benjamin Bertram’s film The Human Shelter, explores different people’s ways of creating their homes around the globe. In a refugee camp outside Mosul, in a shanty town on the lagoon in Lagos, or in six square metres in the megacity of Tokyo.  The exploring director also visits the Sami reindeer herders in the arctic circle, and NASA’s futuristic Mars habitat in Hawaii, USA. It’s a poetic expedition around four continents. An existential film about how we construct and articulate stories about our homes.

Coming in 2021

Neutra: Survival Through Design

A comprehensive documentary into the 125-year life, work, and times of Austrian/American Architect Richard Neutra – the legacy which continued through the preservation work of sons Raymond and Dion Neutra.

Featuring Q&A with producer PJ Letofsky by phone after the movie.

Past NCModernist Architecture Movies Include:
Eileen Gray: Gray Matters / Frey Part I: The Architecture Envoy / Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light / Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island / Sinatra in Palm Springs / My Architect / Louis Sullivan: Struggle for American Architecture / The Birds Nest / The Fountainhead / Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect / Sketches of Frank Gehry / Koolhaas HouseLife / Citizen Architect / If You Build It / Visual Acoustics: The Modernism Of Julius Shulman / Lioness Among Lions: The Architect Zaha Hadid / Unfinished Spaces / Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterwork / Modern Tide / The Infinite Happiness / Coast Modern / How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? / Phillip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect / Regular or Super: Mies Van der Rohe / Fully Awake: Black Mountain College / The Oyler House / Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow / People in Glass Houses:The Legacy of Joseph Eichler / The Pruitt-Igoe Myth / Me and My Moulton / Archiculture / Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner / Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw The Future / Romanza: The Structures of California / Eames: The Architect and the Painter / Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger / The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Tower / The Competition / The Vision of Paolo Soleri / Big Time: Bjarke Ingels / Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair? / Edge of the Possible: Special Edition / E. Stewart Williams / Glenn Murcutt: A Spirit of Place / Rendered Small / One Big Home / Desert Maverick: William Cody / William Krisel, Architect / Quiet Elegance: The Architecture of Hugh Kaptur / The Infinite Happiness: Bjarke Ingels 8 House/ Journeyman Architect: Donald Wexler / Columbus / Windshield: A Vanished Vision / Desert Utopia / Xmas Meier/ Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For / Modern Ruin / Gehry's Vertigo