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Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

USA, 2011, 86 min
Documentary, Architecture
Language: English

Directed by Jake Gorst

Produced by H. Kirk Brown III, Tracey Rennie Gorst, Heather Purcell, Jill A. Wiltse

Cinematography by Jake Gorst

Original Music by Hayes Greenfield

Starring Frances Campani, Rick Cook, Andrew Geller, Paul Goldberger

Modern Tide: Mid-century Architecture on Long Island explores the work of the region's best post-war architects and designers, including Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Herbert Beckhard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Horace Gifford, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson, John Hejduk, 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 cinematography highlight Long Island's often underappreciated modernist architectural treasures. "Long Island has a rich heritage of midcentury modern architecture," says 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."

The relationship between social dynamics and architecture has always been intimate. It is a constant dialogue between social norms and politics, stylistic trends and aesthetic choices, individual preferences and the collective good. The Modernist Period was a time when architecture took on the challenge of many social problems. In all the arts – architecture, design, music and film – the period was highly politicized and the choices often gave way to a utilitarian ideal that was a hybrid of efficiency, simplicity and comfort. Jake Gorst’s new film Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island, supported by Design Onscreen, is a message of preservation that takes us through the history of the modernist housing boom that took place on Long Island, NY in the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s.

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02.11. Lumiere - 14:30
The film will be screened without a Bulgarian translation.

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