Continuing Ed from OLLI: Filmmaker Mark Spano To Teach “Sicily: Land of Love and Strife”

Spectacular beauty, epic human struggle, the depth and diversity of culture – these are Mark for OLLIamong the many facets of the island of Sicily that students will discover during a continuing educating course conducted by filmmaker Mark Spano. Based largely on Spano’s new feature-length documentary film “Sicily: Land of Love and Strife,” the course is being offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at NC State University, Duke University, and UNC-Wilmington in February and March.

“But for crime, Sicily has gone largely unexplored,” said Spano, whose family heritage is Sicilian. (He holds dual citizenship.) “Yet Sicily is more fascinating and diverse than other Italian regions and few places compare to Sicily for a story of spectacular beauty, epic human struggle, depth and diversity of culture, philosophic insights and historic sites.”

The island’s great natural abundance and its strategic location in the Mediterranean, at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, have made it “the most invaded place on the planet,” said Spano, who spent months in Sicily during the making of his film. “So ownership of this rugged and fertile terrain has been contested for millennia. Few people realize that Sicily rivals Greece and Egypt as a primary source for Western ideas.”

Along with screening his film, Spano will lecture on his family homeland and facilitate class discussions. His recommended reading for the course is Peter Robb’s Midnight in Sicily: On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra (ISBN: 978-0312426842).

At NC State University, the course is entitled Re-imagining Sicily: Land of Love and Strife (page 10). It will be held on Fridays, February 9, 16, and 23, from 9 to, 10:30 a.m., in the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street in Raleigh. The course fee is $35.

At Duke,  Reimagining Sicily: Land of Love & Strife will be held on Thursdays, March 1, 8, and 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham. The fee is $30.

At UNC-Wilmington, Film and Discussion –  Sicily: Land of Love and Strife  (page 6) will be held as one session on Friday, March 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the OLLI center at 620 S College Rd, Wilmington. The fee is $30.

About the instructor: Mark Spano is a writer and filmmaker. Among several others, his films include “The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell.” He is also the author of five works of fiction and a memoir. His critically acclaimed novel Midland Club is available on Amazon. His next novel, Kidding The Moon, is due out in 2018. He lives in rural Orange County, NC. For more information, visit https://markspano.wordpress.com/.

About OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a university-led and member-supported organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities for adults aged 50 and older in the southeastern North Carolina region. Through educational and experiential programming, OLLI connects the adult and university communities. Founded by philanthropist Bernard Osher in 1997, OLLI is offered at 120 institutes, including Duke, NCSU, and UNC-W. For more information: http://www.osherfoundation.org/.

 

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MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series Screens Another Double Feature: “Xmas Meier,” and “Gehry’s Vertigo”

This year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, continues on Thursday, December 3, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium, NC State University Centennial Campus, in Raleigh with another double feature.

Xmas MeierThe first film, “Xmas Meier” (2013, 37 minutes) takes viewers, during the Christmas season, into the heart of a working-class neighborhood in the suburbs of Rome that a church built by Richard Meier lifted from obscurityControversy, caustic irony, and free speech are juxtaposed with the faithful’s devotion. L’espresso, an Italian news magazine, called the film, “Delightful, wonderful, cheeky, hilarious! Not to be missed!”

The second feature, “Gehry’s Vertigo” (2013, 45 minutes) offers a Gehry's Vertigorare trip onto the roofs of the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. By following the climbing team in charge of cleaning the glass — their ascensions, their techniques, and their difficulties – the documentary observes the good and not-so-good complexity of Frank Gehry’s architecture.

Monthly through February 2016, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series screens hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium.

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 receive a 10 percent discount off tickets with a “Friends of the Library” card. The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library.

Series sponsor MoHo Realty specializes in modern and unique architect-designed homes in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Other series sponsors include VMZinc and Hill Country Wood Works.

For more information on the series, the films, and to view trailers, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

About NC Modernist Houses: 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.  Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

MoHo Architecture Movie Series Continues with Double Feature

movie-lustron

This year’s MoHo Realty Architecture Movie series, sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses and MoHo Realty, continues on Thursday, November 5, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium in Raleigh with a double feature that focuses on small houses.

“Lustron: The House America’s Been Wait For” documents the rise and fall of engineering genius Carl Strandlund and his brainchild, the “Lustron,” a 1000-square-foot, post-war, pre-fab house. Made entirely of porcelain-enameled steel, the little Lustron was rot-proof, vermin-proof, and never needed painting. Averaging just $10,000, Lustrons could be erected on site in less than a week.

The Lustron’s ultimate failure was blamed on simple market forces. But in 1994, film producers Bill Kubota, Ed Moore, and Bill Ferehawk discovered a trail of newspaper clippings, Senate hearing transcripts, and internal Lustron Corporation documents suggesting that the collapse of the “General Motors of housing” was brought on by a government conspiracy that reached all the way to the Truman White House.

movie-doelgerThe second feature, “Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger,” is a Monique Lombardelli documentary that celebrates the life and works of the San Francisco Bay Area pioneer of mid-century Modern design. In 1947, Doelger and his associates began building the Westlake district in Daly City. The district is one of the earliest examples of a large-tract suburban development and a manifestation of urban sprawl. Life magazine featured photographs of the numerous rows of houses in the 1950s, which were immortalized in Pete Seeger’s hit song “Little Boxes.”

Monthly now through February, the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series will screen hard-to-find architecture-related films in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NC State University with one additional film in downtown Raleigh in November.

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 get 10 percent off tickets with a “Friends of the Library” card. The Hunt Library is located on Centennial Campus at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Free parking is available adjacent to the library.

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

About NC Modernist Houses: 

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.  Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

 

A Pritzker Prize winner, Frank Gehry has created some of the most iconic buildings of the modern era, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and his own house in Santa Monica. Completed in 1978, Gehry’s house is comprised of an existing Cape Cod house that he surrounded and cut through with a metal and glass addition shot through with implied volumes created by skewed pieces of chain link, wood studs, and glass.

 

Despite his dramatic structures, Gehry is known as a shy and illusive artist. Pollack brings viewers into his world not only through his seemingly informal film style but also through his friendship with Gehry.

 

Tickets to “Sketches of Frank Gehry” are $7.95 in advance or $9 at the door. To see a trailer of the film, the list of upcoming movies in the series, and to purchase advance tickets, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/register.htm.

 

Sponsors for this special screening include Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Tonic Design+Construction, Kontech Systems, Foundation bar and lounge, and Center Studio Architecture.

 

Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard. For more information visit www.mygalaxycinema.com.

 

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

 

About Triangle Modernist Houses

 

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning 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 www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.