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

April 23, 2010 |  6:14 pm

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