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The Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood will launch an eight-week “Architecture + Film,” series on April 5, with the award-winning documentary “My Architect.” The film is the story of the secret life of architect Louis Kahn, told through the eyes of his illegitimate son, filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn, as he searches for the father he barely knew. The film series kicks off during Virginia Architecture Week, one of many activities planned by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to engage the community with the profession. Other films in the schedule, which will be shown every Monday through May 24 include:

  • April 12, Fountainhead (King Vidor, director, starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal)
  • April 19, Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, director, staring James Stewart and Grace Kelly)
  • April 26, Playtime (Jacque Tati, director, staring Tati and Barbara Dennek)
  • May 3, The Hudsucker Proxy (Coen brothers, directors, starring Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh)
  • May 10, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (H.C. Potter, director, starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy)
  • May 17, Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, director, starring Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu
  • May 24, Modern Times (Charlie Chaplan, director, starring Chaplin and Paulette Goddard)

The films will be introduced by architects in the Hampton Roads community, who then will participate in a discussion after the showing, led by Dr. Bill Jones, professor of political science at Virginia Wesleyan College, who has been host and moderator for many other film series at the NARO.

The Architecture + Film series incubated for two years in the design firm of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company in Norfolk. It was the brainchild of a young associate architect, Matt Pearson, and Stephen Wright AIA, who started sharing favorites with co-workers after work in the firm’s Knowledge Café. As popularity spread, some members of the public attended the viewings, complete with pizza or popcorn.

Tench Phillips heard about the series and expressed an interest in a run at the Naro. The films for this current series were selected by Phillips, Jones and interested Hanbury Evans’ participants.

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