ONE NIGHT ONLY

Texas Premiere of Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

Presented by Houston Mod, Houston Modern Market, and Design Onscreen
February 23, 2012, 7 p.m., $25
River Oaks Landmark Theater
2009 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019

for tickets: www.LandmarkTheaters.com

This is a fundraiser for Houston Mod and Design Onscreen. Design Onscreen will use its donations to fund production of a film on Houston modern architecture by Sam Wainwright Douglas, called Lone Star Mod: Midcentury Houston Architecture.

In person: Sam Wainwright Douglas and Heather Purcell Leja, Executive Director of Design Onscreen and Producer of Modern Tide and Lone Star Mod.

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island explores the work of the region’s best postwar architects and designers, including Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Herbert Beckhard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Horace Gifford, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski, and others. The film features interviews with architects and historians, as well as friends, families and clients of these influential designers. Both rare archival material and gorgeous current-day high-definition cinematography highlight Long Island’s often underappreciated modernist architectural treasures. “Long Island has a rich heritage of midcentury modern architecture,” says Director Jake Gorst. “Sadly, much of it has disappeared because of redevelopment and natural disaster. We believe the film will foster renewed awareness and appreciation for Long Island’s remaining modernist structures and its unique architectural history.

All proceeds will benefit both local nonprofit Houston Mod (www.HoustonMod.org) and Design Onscreen‘s production of a new film by Houston Filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas on Houston’s modernist architectural legacy entitled Lone Star Mod: Midcentury Houston Architecture. “We are proud to produce a film similar to Modern Tide on Houston’s often underappreciated modern architecture,” says Heather Purcell Leja, Executive Director of Design Onscreen and producer of Modern Tide.

Lone Star Mod: Midcentury Houston Architecture will showcase Houston’s modernist architecture, profile several premiere Houston modernist architects, and explore the effects of Houston’s controversial lack of zoning on the preservation of these midcentury landmarks. As a post-World War II boomtown Houston has an abundance of beautiful modernist architecture, yet the city is not celebrated outside the region for its stunning homes, sleek office buildings, churches, schools, banks, museums, hotels, and the Astrodome. Over the years, countless homes have been honored with Architectural Record magazine’s Record Houses distinction, and many national and regional American Institute of Architects awards have been bestowed on local buildings. The city has hosted a number of talented, inventive architects whose work is critically acclaimed albeit not well known by the general public. This film intends to remind audiences of Houston’s great modernist tradition.

Filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas is a native Houstonian who grew up in the city’s architecture culture. Having a father who is an architect, Sam gained an early appreciation for Houston modernism that stays with him to this day. Sam will give a talk on his upcoming film, Lone Star Mod: Midcentury Houston Architecture, after the screening of Modern Tide. Sam’s previous films include Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio.

This screening will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Landmark River Oaks Theater, 2009 West Gray Street, Houston, Texas 77019. Tickets are available online at www.landmarktheatres.com and at the door for $25.00. The theater’s bar and snack bar will be open for this screening.

In Person: Sam Wainwright Douglas, director of the upcoming film Lone Star Mod: Midcentury Houston Architecture and Heather Purcell Leja, Executive Director of Design Onscreen and Producer of Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island.