Feb 19, 2017
Modernism Week is proud to present the West Coast Theatrical Premier screening of Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future.
For the first time in a theater on the West Coast, on the largest screen in the Coachella Valley, the full length version of the film will be screened as its meant to be seen. Shot in 6K with the latest in drone technology thus providing spectacular aerial tours, the film showcases the architects body of timeless work.
The film explores the life of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), whose visionary buildings include St. Louisiconic Gateway Arch, the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan, TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport and Virginias Dulles Airport. These structures, along with his modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair, introduced Americans to the expressive delights of the curve, and offered an escape of the rectilinear confines of the modernist tradition.
The documentary takes a personal turn as it follows the architects son, director of photography Eric Saarinen ASC, as he visits the sites of his fathers work on a cathartic journey. Eeros sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture. Today, Saarinens work stands apart and continues to inspire, especially in light of renewed interest in 20th-century architects who exploded the comfortable constraints of the past to create a robust and daring American aesthetic.A co-production of Peter Rosen Productions, Inc., THIRTEENsAmerican Mastersfor WNET, and Detroit Public Television in association with YLE.(68 min)
Following the film will be a Q&A with son and Director of Photography, Eric Saarinen ASC and daughter, landscape architect Susan Saarinen.