May 17, 2013

You are invited to attend the Dallas Premiere of Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio with special guest Deedie Rose.

Film begins at 7 p.m. with reception following. You must register to attend. There is no admission charge.

Magnolia Landmark TheaterWest Village3699 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100Dallas, TX 75204

In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee along with colleague D.K. Ruth started the Rural Studio, a design/build education program at Auburn University in Alabama. At the Rural Studio, students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in Alabama’s Black Belt. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studioshows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic, destitute client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for R&B and Soul records. The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. The Rural Studio program provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee’s peers and scenes with those he’s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, citizenship and social change.

Tagged Citizen Architect, Rural Studio