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Event: Architecture and Design documentaries at the Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Friday, April 29, has created an admirable program of documentaries on art, architecture and design. It begins on Saturday, April 24, with a 2:30 p.m. short documentary screening that includes a documentary on Southern California Institute of Architecture founder, Ray Kappe. 

At 3:15 p.m,  "Liquid Stone: Unlocking Gaudi's Secrets," trailer above, examines the still-unfinished Barcelona building by the master of Art Nouveau architecture, Antoni Gaudi. It plays with a 30-minute look at Dutch textile and home decor designer Hella Jongerius. At 6 p.m.: "Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of Rural Studio," which documents how Alabama architecture students create housing for the impoverished. 

The series continues with a doc on urban theorist Daniel Burnham on Monday, films about Palm Springs modernists Donald Wexler and William Krisel on Tuesday and Wednesday and a feature-length documentary on I.M Pei's last masterpiece, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.

For further information, visit the Newport Beach Film Festival website.

See the three-minute (and worth every second) trailer for "Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler" after the jump.

--David A. Keeps

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Video credits: Gaudi, CIRCE Films. Wexler, Design Onscreen

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I was in Barcelona and saw Gaudi's work. Big deal. A movie out of it? Get a life, Jack! Or at least a real job.



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