MaximusMay 30, 2014
Resene FilmFest – Friday 30 May
Tonight’s double-bill is of: The Oyler House – Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat and Desert Utopia – Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs. The double bill session starts tonight at the Embassy at 6.15 and is sponsored or linked with ADNZ, so if you’re an Architectural Designer, you should be there! And even if you’re not ADNZ, but merely ADHD like me, you should be there. Let’s hope that ADNZ haven’t bought out all the seats, or you’ll need to fight them for a ticket.
The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat
(2012, Director Mike Dorsey, 48 minutes)
In 1959, a working-class government employee in the tiny desert town of Lone Pine, California, asked world-famous modern architect Richard Neutra to design his modest family home. To Oyler’s great surprise, Neutra agreed. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last for the rest of Neutra’s life. Considered the “father of California modern architecture,” Richard Neutra appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1949, which ranked him second only to Frank Lloyd Wright among America’s greatest architects. The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat explores how a man of his stature came to befriend this modest, small-town family, and his love for the home’s stunning desert setting. Now owned by the architecture-loving actress Kelly Lynch, the post & beam-style home includes a stunning pool carved directly into a boulder. The story comes to life through interviews with Richard Oyler, Kelly Lynch and Neutra’s two sons, Dion and Raymond.
Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs
(2010, Director Jake Gorst, 58 minutes)
Desert Utopia traces the origins and growth of midcentury architecture in the modernist mecca of Palm Springs, California. The city boasts many landmark buildings by such modernist pioneers as Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, William Cody and William Krisel. Jake Gorst’s film brings these unique structures alive and features never-before-seen archival footage of the architects and their work.