The director of a recent documentary about the late architect and educator Samuel Mockbee says he’s already received pledges for about half the money he thinks he and his production team will need to raise for his next project: a feature-length film about midcentury modern architecture in Houston — or what’s left of it. Houston native Sam Wainwright Douglas’s Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio has appeared on PBS, in local theaters, and on the museum circuit since its debut at SXSW last year. Douglas says he hasn’t fixed the lineup for his Houston movie, but he’s hoping to profile local architects Harwood Taylor, Hugo Neuhaus, Howard Barnstone, and William Jenkins and their work, as well as buildings by modernist firms such as MacKie and Kamrath and Lloyd & Morgan. (If he wants to capture any portions of MacKie and Kamrath’s Sugar Land oeuvre, he’ll have to hurry.)
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Already in the can: a film shoot of Taylor’s Buffalo Bayou-side Frame House (pictured above) and interviews with its current owners. Earlier this month, Douglas and his Big Beard Productions scored a $25,000 grant from the Architecture Center Houston Foundation for his upcoming project; the same organization’s first annual film festival will feature the Mockbee flick and a Q&A with the director on August 13th.
- Filmmakers [CItizen Architect]
- Big Beard Films
- Architecture Center Houston Announces First Annual Film Festival [Art Attack]
- Previously on Swamplot: Just Listed: Fifties Bayou Cool, Fifties Cool Revived: A Houston Case Study
Photo: Ben Hill