Arquiteturas team believes this break is a great opportunity to look back at the festival’s last seven editions and provide viewers staying indoors worldwide with a selected retrospective of free streaming films. Each film will be released every Friday, running until next year’s edition, and can be viewed for one week. This initiative aims to provide visibility to the films and the makers and their contribution to initiating great discussions through their build environment stories. A live Q&A with the filmmakers, producers or authors will be announced whenever this is made possible, via the festival’s Instagram and FB pages.
THE FREE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE BELOW FROM 6 – 12 NOV
LIVE INSTAGRAM WITH MELINDA GÁNDARA TBA (GMT+2)
LUTAH A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design ARQUITETURAS’17 Kum-Kum Bhavnani, USA, 2014, 68′
LUTAH focuses on the life of architect Lutah Maria Riggs (1896-1984). As a protégé of George Washington Smith, Lutah Maria Riggs designed some of Santa Barbara’s most iconic homes and buildings, such as the Lobero Theatre and Vedanta Temple. Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20thcentury, Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California. Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity. Through never-before-seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection, along with candid interviews, and rare footage of private homes, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that had gone unnoticed, until now.
ABOUT KUM-KUM BHAVNANI
ABOUT MELINDA GÁNDARA
MELINDA GÁNDARA (ARCHIVIST) is an independent writer and lecturer; she is a former archivist for the Architecture and Design Collection at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at University of California at Santa Barbara and is currently the historian for the Lutah Maria Riggs Society. Gándara received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Santa Barbara and has lectured widely on California architecture and modern and contemporary Latin American art. She was an assistant curator for the 2012 CAREFREE CALIFORNIA: CLIFF MAY AND THE ROMANCE OF THE RANCH HOUSE exhibition. She is dedicated to cultivating new museum audiences, and mentors first-generation university students. She currently teaches art and culture at Santa Barbara City College.