Feb 21, 2017
In the mid-1930s, a scion of one of New Englands oldest and wealthiest families, John Nicholas Brown, and his wife Anne boldly embrace modernism and select the young and ambitious Richard Neutra to build them a 14,510 square foot summer house on Fishers Island, NY that they name Windshield.
Through an enormously detailed correspondence, patron and architect discuss every detail of the houses design and together pursue cutting-edge technology, much of which had only previously been used in commercial architecture. Then, just weeks after the Browns move in, tragedy strikes when the hurricane of 1938 devastates the East Coast.
Windshield: A Vanished Vision explores the pivotal impact of the house on Neutras career and takes us on a journey with a couple caught between the values of their upbringings and their evolving social ideals.
Directed by granddaughter, Elissa Brown, she lovingly weaves fascinating home movies taken by her grandfather of traveling with Neutra in California, the home’s construction and of the family’s life there, together with son J. Carter Brown’s inspiring memories about the summer house of his youth and the voices of architectural historians Thomas S. Hines and Dietrich Neumann. Elissa Brown, Director 46 min. Trailer:http://windshieldmovie.com/#trailer. A moderated discussion with director Elissa Brown; Raymond Neutra; Dion Neutra, Director of the Neutra Institute; and Neutra scholar Barbara Lamprecht M.Arch., Ph.D will follow the film.
With the Film + Reception ticket, mingle with the director and panelists at an elegant post screening reception at the V Palm Springs Hotel. Enjoy wine and hors doeuvres poolside at this stylish new hotel. This event is a co-production of Modernism Week and AmDocshttp://www.american-documentary-film-festival.com