Colorado Premiere screening of Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner

August 30th, 2009  |  Published in Blog, Special Events

Join Design Onscreen for the Colorado premiere of Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner on Fri., Oct. 9, 2009 at the Denver Art Museum Museum’s Lewis Sharp Auditorium. The new documentary film explores the work of the visionary modernist architect, John Lautner (1911–1994) and proceeds will benefit Design Onscreen.

Lautner’s iconic structures have been featured in numerous publications and films (including Diamonds are Forever, Die Hard, Body Double and Pulp Fiction) and are often known by distinctive nicknames – the Chemosphere, Silvertop, the Elrod House and Marbrisa. A major exhibition celebrating Lautner’s work recently toured LA’s Hammer Museum and Glasgow’s Lighthouse Museum. In 1970, Lautner was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for Excellence in Design. He also received the Gold Medal from the Los Angeles AIA chapter in 1993 for his lifetime achievement.

The 90-minute film will be followed by a question and answer session with award-winning Scottish Director Murray Grigor and Cinematographer Hamid Shams. $25 tickets include the Pre-Screening Reception and Premiere Screening of Infinite Space. $150 tickets include, in addition to the Reception and Screening, access to the Post-Premiere Afterparty on the Rooftop Terrace of the Daniel Liebskind-designed Museum Residences with food by Gourmet Fine Catering, cocktails and music, as well as exclusive tours of the Martin Museum Residence and Contemporary Art Collection.

Tickets to the Premiere Screening Event are $25 and include:
  • Pre-Screening Reception at the MAD Wine Bar (appetizers and cash bar)
  • Premiere Screening of Infinite Space and Director Q&A
Rooftop Afterparty tickets are $150 and include:
  • Pre-Screening Reception at the MAD Wine Bar (appetizers and cash bar)
  • Premiere Screening of Infinite Space and Director Q&A
  • Rooftop Afterparty with great food, cocktails, and music
  • Exclusive tour of the Martin Museum Residence and Contemporary Art Collection

Schedule of events

Pre-Screening Reception at MAD Wine Bar
Appetizers & Cash Bar

(1200 Acoma Street, across from the Museum’s Hamilton Building entrance) map

5:00–6:00pm
Premiere Screening of Infinite Space
at the Denver Art Museum’s Sharp Auditorium map
6:00–7:30pm
Audience Q&A Session with Director Murray Grigor
and Cinematographer Hamid Shams 7:30–8:00pm
Rooftop Afterparty (great food and Cocktails)
at the Museum Residences 8:00pm–11:00pm
Tours of the Martin Museum Residence
and Contemporary Art Collection 8:30–10:30pm

About the Film: Infinite Space – The Architecture of John Lautner

Infinite Space, a new documentary feature film, traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.” It is the story of brilliance and of a complicated life – and the most sensual architecture of the 20th century. The camera soars through iconic spaces, with commentary from Lautner, his colleagues, clients and family.

As a young man, Lautner broke from his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, and went west to California to forge his own unique style. His life was marked by innovation and inspiration, an accidental leap into the epicenter of pop culture, bitterness at lost opportunities, and finally – monumental achievement. Lautner was idolized by young modernists, criticized by academics, and beloved by the clients who worked side by side with him to build their houses..“The purpose of architecture,” said Lautner,“ is to create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities in life.”

Since its 2008 world premiere at LA’s Hammer Museum, Infinite Space – The Architecture of John Lautner has garnered accolades at film festivals in Palm Springs, Montreal, Glasgow, Newport Beach, Tiburon and Sarasota.

About the Director

Murray Grigor, filmmaker, writer, and exhibition curator, is internationally renowned for his films about architecture and architects. His first film, on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, won 5 international awards and he has since co-authored The Architects’ Architect on Mackintosh’s international influence. Grigor’s other award winners on architecture include groundbreaking documentaries on Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Adam, John Soane and the landmark PBS series Pride of Place with Robert Stern. Grigor is currently directing a documentary film, commissioned by Design Onscreen, on the influential British designers Robin and Lucienne Day.

About Design Onscreen

Design Onscreen is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Denver dedicated to the production and preservation of high-quality films on architecture and design. Founded in 2007 by Denver documentary enthusiasts Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, Design Onscreen has produced a number of films including: Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes, which premiered in May 2009 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and at the Museum of Arts and Design and Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler, which premiered in February 2009, as part of Palm Springs Modernism Week. Presently, films exploring the work of renowned modernist architect William Krisel and the British designers Robin and Lucienne Day are in production.

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Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner
Complete Credits

A Googie Company Production
in association with
The John Lautner Foundation
and
The Hammer Museum

Directed by
Murray Grigor

Produced by
Sara Sackner + Anna Thomas

Director of Photography
Hamid Shams

Edited by
Sara Sackner

Original Music
Elliott Goldkind

Consultants
Frank Escher + Nicholas Olsberg

Special Thanks
The John Lautner Foundation

CAST
(in order of appearance)
Sean Connery
Karol Lautner Peterson
Frank Gehry
Julia Strickland
Helena Arahuete
Judith Lautner
Frank Escher
John de la Vaux
Steve Ramser
Harry Williams
David Wasco
Sandy Reynolds Wasco
Leonard Malin
Guy Zebert