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4th Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series

Triangle Modernist Houses Announces the 4th Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series

Season tickets are on sale now.

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the award-winning non-profit organization that documents, preserves, and promotes Modernist residential architecture, announces the 4th year of the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series October through February at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary. Season tickets are on sale now.

The first film, to be screened on Thursday, October 11, is “Coast Modern: Modern Architecture of the Pacific States.” Canadian filmmakers Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome travelled the Pacific coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles to showcase the pioneers of West Coast Modernist architecture, visiting some of the finest examples of modernist architecture, while also interviewing the people who designed, photographed, and lectured about these houses.  The filmmakers also interview some of the most respected names in architecture, including Dion Neutra, Douglas Coupland, and legendary photographer Julius Shulman.

On Thursday, November 8, the series will screen “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island.” Director Jake Gorst highlights some of the region’s best midcentury buildings “as a way to bring awareness and appreciation for such architectural achievement. Interviews are conducted with architects, historians, and clients, and archival material plus current-day high-definition cinematography highlight Long Island’s often underappreciated modernist architectural treasures,” wrote Karen Cilento for The Huffington Post. Designs by such luminaries as Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski are included in the film.

“Fallingwater:  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterwork with Reflections of Edgar Kaufmann Jr.” is the next film, to be screened on Thursday, December 6. Pittsburgh-based filmmaker Kenneth Love studies the landmark house that many consider the greatest creation by America’s greatest architect. It features rare home movies as well as an extensive interview with Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., who discusses why his family built the house and the events that led to Wright’s commission. His personal observations and anecdotes provide insight as he describes the special features of the house – which is showcased in all four seasons.

On Thursday, January 10, the series will present “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History.” Pruitt–Igoe was a large urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Center towers and the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport main terminal. Living conditions in Pruitt–Igoe began to decline soon after its completion in 1956. By the late 1960s, the complex had become internationally infamous for its poverty, crime, and segregation. Its 33 buildings were torn down in the mid-1970s, and the project has become an icon ofurban renewal failure. This documentary, directed by Chad Freidrichs, explores the history of low income housing and features interviews with several former residents of Pruitt-Igoe, who convey their hopefulness when they first moved in, as well as affection for the buildings that for many of them persists to this day.

“Eames: The Architect and the Painter” will conclude the 2012-2012 series on Thursday, February 7. Considered two of America’s most important designers, Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture. The husband and wife team also created an amazing variety of other products, including splints for wounded soldier, photography, interiors, graphics, games, and toys. Directed by Jason Cohn, produced by Bill Jersey, and narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work. The New York Times has called it, “Lively, gratifying…appropriately busy and abundant: full of objects, information, stories and people, organized with hectic elegance.”

All films begin at 7:30 p.m.  Trailers for each film can be viewed at

Season tickets are $29 per person and are also available at Individual admission is $9 per person at the door. TMH “Mod Squad” members are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Triangle Modernist Houses’ ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs. For more information on TMH, visit


The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC 27511. (919-463-9959). Concessions (cash only) include fresh popcorn popped in olive oil and a variety of sodas, beer, and wine.


About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to archive, preserve, and promote Modernist residential architecture from the 1950s to new construction. The TMH website, now the largest educational and historical archive for Modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism. TMH also hosts popular Modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at

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