Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
2010, 60 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary
Opening Night of the 2nd annual Architecture and Design Film Series
With director Sam Wainwright Douglas in person
Sponsored by Vega Architecture and Forest Room 5 . In partnership with UC Denver College of Architecture and Planning and Architecture for Humanity - Denver
Post-film reception with complimentary food and a cash bar will take place at 9 PM at Forest Room 5 (2532 15th Street, Denver)
Hale County, Alabama is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the United States of America. It is also home to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. Citizen Architect is a documentary film chronicling the late Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio.
The film follows a group of Rural Studio students in the process of crafting a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews. Known within the community as Music Man because of his passion for soul music, Jimmie Lee maintains a healthy zeal for life, blasting R&B from his vast collection of used stereos and boasting that he “ain’t never met a stranger!” Over the course of the project a powerful bond forms between Sanders, the students and Music Man.
Citizen Architect explores Mockbee’s effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities.
About Sam Wainright Douglas:
Sam Wainwright Douglas, a graduate with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998, has been working in documentary film and television ever since.
With fellow filmmaker Paul Lovelace, Sam made the feature length documentary The Holy Modal Rounders... Bound To Lose, which chronicles the surreal saga of the infamous bad boys of folk, The Holy Modal Rounders.
He has taught film and video editing at the University of Texas, and is married to Sarah Mockbee, daughter of Samuel.
DIRECTOR: Sam Wainright Douglas.