Special Events

EIT LIVE! The Great Satan!

Mar 23
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. The EIT Crew! - NOW - 90m approx. - All Seats $12


Since the dawn of time, man has searched for answers... and failed. But the fog of existence has finally cleared thanks to the eternal fruits of your favorite found footage collective, Everything Is Terrible! Over the last 10 years, EIT! has reinterpreted our shared memory into 3,000+ daily web videos, collected 15,000 Jerry Maguire VHS tapes, and forever altered the collective consciousness. Now, with their longtime collaborator Lucifer, Everything Is Terrible! has ingested over 2,000 satanic panic, religious kook, and D-horror VHS tapes. They have recontextualized them and created a narrative feature that reminds us all who we are, why we are here, and what we should be doing with our paltry time on this dumb planet. And now they invite you to be an initiate of the psychedelic devotion of EIT! As you take your blood oath, your journey will brim with evangelical ducks, goopy ghouls, and sad white men who believe that Dungeons & Dragons summon actual horned demons. Join your bedazzled Dadgods for an all-new live show, featuring never before seen puppets and costumes, as EIT! presents their newest feature, T H E G R E A T S A T A N. But be warned… If you really want to see your mind, you’ve got to be ready to rip your skull open…

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Mar 23 to Mar 25
Friday to Sunday


Join the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) for their annual Sin Fronteras Latino Film Festival, a completely free event open to the UNM and greater Albuquerque community. This student-organized festival is devoted to films about Latin America and by Latin American filmmakers. The intent of the event is to contribute to a larger dialogue among UNM and community members regarding unique and important social and academic issues in Latin America. As in past years, the festival is generously supported by a variety of UNM groups and academic departments.  NOTE:  Show up early to get a seat!  For more info & trailers to the movies please visit the SIN FRONTERAS WEBSITE!


Poesia sin fin / Endless Poetry  6:30pm

Legendary cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain, El Topo) reimagines his youth spent as an aspiring poet in his surreal and breathlessly inventive new film Endless Poetry. In 1940s Santiago de Chile, 20-year-old “Alejandrito” Jodorowsky vows to become a poet against the will of his disciplinarian father. Leaving home, he is introduced to the inner circle of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde of the time, meeting Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz, Nicanor Parra and many other promising young writers who will become the masters of Latin America’s modern literature. Immersed in a world of poetic experimentation, they live together as few have dared to live before: sensually, authentically, freely, madly. Endless Poetry is a euphoric and unadulterated portrayal of artistic exuberance told through Jodorowsky’s dreamlike and kaleidoscopic visual language.  [Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky - 2016 - 128m - Chile ]


Presos / Prisoners 4:00 pm 

A young girl gets involved in a family drama when she starts a secret friendship with a prison inmate. All parts involved, inside and outside, will have to deal with the consequences of such kind of relationship and what's necessary to preserve it.  [Dir. Esteban Ramírez - 2015 - Costa Rica - 97m]

Pelé: Birth of a Legend 6:30 pm

Pele’s meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.  [Dir Jeff Zimbalist - 2016-  Brazil/USA - 107m]


El soñador / The Dreamer 2:00 pm 

Sebastián has a talent for picking locks, and that's the only reason his supposed friends put up with him. The gang breaks into industrial buildings and dockside warehouses in and around Lima. It's a grim life as a petty crook, which Sebastián endures by escaping into an own personal dream-world. One day Emilia appears in his inner realm. It becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish whether their strong feelings for each other are real or part of the fantasy world. Emilia's two brothers, the leaders of the gang of thieves, will never accept their love. When Sebastián gets into a confrontation with one of them, he lashes out. There's only one way out of this nightmare, but before his planned escape with Emilia, Sebastián risks one last great coup.  [Dir Adrián Saba - 2016 - Peru - 80m]

Ovnis en Zacapa 4:30 pm

UFO sightings are reported in northeastern Guatemala. Rober Daneri, a frustrated college professor along with the production team of a sensationalist TV show, embarks on a supernatural journey across the thin boundary between blind faith, self-delusion and the unknown in search of truth.  [Director: Marcos Machado - 2015 - Honduras - 90m]

Please join us after the film for a Q&A with director and cast.


Before We Vanish - Kiyoshi Kurosawa's newest!

Mar 24
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa - 2018 - 130m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles


In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. 

Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, BEFORE WE VANISH reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema's most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit.

“Mr. Kurosawa, a prolific and skilled genre master, spins this parable with a light, nimble touch, punctuating heavy passages of exposition with punchy, modest action sequences and snatches of incongruously bouncy music.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times

“It's awfully hard to resist a film that marries Atomic Age paranoia and optimism with Kurosawa's signature post-modern, atmosphere-intensive style.” - Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

“Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Yes, it's the peculiarly heartwarming tale of a man who becomes a better partner thanks to an alien invasion, but it also has an enormous body count and a dimly optimistic view of humanity. Still, you won't see anything else quite like it this year.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

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Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions

Mar 24
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre - 2003 - 42m - All Seats $10

BONUS!  Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow, producers of the NPR radio show Afropop Worldwide will be here for Q&A/discussion!


A remarkable time piece. Made by Sean and Banning in collaboration with LinkTV in 2003, it captures a hopeful moment in the north of Mali, a moment when it seemed that the unrest and violence that region had known for many years was at last over. The festival was a joyous coming together of Malians, mostly Tuareg who arrived by camel, deep in the desert outside Timbuktu. Among the small cadre of Westerners there was Robert Plant and his band, who played a set for an audience who hardly knew his work with Led Zeppelin. More importantly, it was the first time many people and musicians from the Malian capital Bamako had felt safe traveling this far north.

All of this is captured in the film, which includes main stage performances and interviews with Plant, Ali Farka Touré and others, and features informal sessions in the tents around the festival site. The film has to be contextualized because the events of 2012 and since have rendered this region close to a no-go area, and the festival has been driven into exile. It is a glimpse of what might have been and what may someday come again, but alas, no time soon.

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Thollem's Live A/V show!

Mar 27
Tuesday 7pm only!

Dir. Thollem & - NOW! - 90m approx - All Seats $8

Thollem's Technicolor Grey Zone 

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Thollem's Technicolor Grey Zone is a multimedia experience pairing Thollem's live musical scoring to films. This year he's focusing on the films of Martha Colburn (U.S./Holland), Tuia Cherici (Italy/France) and ACVilla (U.S.). Thollem has worked with each of these three filmmakers on various projects throughout North America and Europe including Maxxi Museum in Rome, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Museum, SF MOMA, San Diego Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Toledo Museum of Art, Pioneer Works, Northwest Film Forum, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and more.

This is an unforgettable show, bringing together the work of these 3 unique filmmakers with Thollem's Prophet and a microphone: jumping from an electric diving board into reality and imagination, landing squarely in the midst of the time of our lives at the center of a world on the edge.

"The kind of fiercely independent artists the world needs more of" - LiveEyeTV

Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness

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With a synthesizer and a microphone, Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness forges elements of Punk Rock, Blue and Psychedelia, among many other influences. Including new songs and solo arrangements of Tsigoti songs, with "fluid keys pulverization" (Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine), Thollem’s work is ”political debauchery and a forward vocal delivery … that comes a-swingin’ right out of the gate" (Chocolate Grinder, Tiny Mix Tapes)

Over the last decade, Thollem's toured non-stop internationally, recording with over a hundred different musicians from a wide variety of genres resulting in more than 60 albums on 22 different vanguard labels. As a vocalist, Thollem's been releasing albums the last 10 years with his Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti (5th album soon), Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Tim Barnes) and Andy Kaufman plus his initial solo album 'Machine in The Ghost'. He's planning on releasing the first HPOH album later this year.

"Unreal linear explosions and extreme imagination"- Greg Burk, LA Weekly

Thollem has performed and recorded with members of Deerhoof, The Minutemen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Half Japanese, Wilco, Unwound, Old Time Relijun, Cibo Matto, Jealousy Party, Stars Like Fleas, Tenderizor and more. 

"Thollem might be a musician, or he might be some kind of wizard scientist. The experience might melt your mind.” - The Denver Westword

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The Right To Be Wild - The Mexican Gray Wolf

Mar 31
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Katja Torneman - 2018 - 100m total - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

Defenders of Wildlife special presentation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mexican wolves being released in the wild!  Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque BioPark!  Q&A with the director plus Mexican Wolf experts!

A tale of Hope, Struggle, Survival and Determination.  It is the story of the Mexican Gray Wolf; a wolf that is one of the Most Endangered Mammals in North America and the most endangered subspecies of Gray Wolf in the World. It is also a story about people who work hard and tirelessly trying to save them.

Mexican gray wolves were completely eradicated from the United States by the mid 20th century, and extremely close to extinction in the wild.

In 1976, they were listed under the endangered species act and protecting the species  became the law. Then, after an agreement was made between the U.S. and Mexico, a trapper hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was sent to Mexico to trap the last known Mexican Gray Wolves in the wild. Five wolves were found and captured in northern Mexico. Only one of those was a female. 

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At The River I Stand - in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King

Apr 4
Wednesday 3pm, 5pm, 7pm ONLY!

Dir. David Appleby, Allison Graham and Steven Ross - 1993 - 58m

Co-sponsored by MLK Multicultural Council, AFSCME, MLK State Commission.  Special panel discussion after the 7pm show!  Guest speakers Jocelyn Jackson, MLK Multicultural Commission & Connie Derr, AFSCME Council 18 plus others t.b.a. 

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Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 58-minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people. 

In the 1960s, Memphis' 1,300 sanitation workers formed the lowest caste of a deeply racist society, earning so little they qualified for welfare. In the film, retired workers recall their fear about taking on the entire white power structure when they struck for higher wages and union recognition. 

But local civil rights leaders and the Black community soon realized the strike was part of the struggle for economic justice for all African Americans. Through stirring historical footage we see the community mobilizing behind the strikers, organizing mass demonstrations and an Easter boycott of downtown businesses. The national leadership of AFSCME put the international union's full resources behind the strike. One day, a placard appeared on the picket lines which in its radical simplicity summed up the meaning of the strike: "I am a man." 

In March, Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Memphis as part of his Poor People's Campaign to expand the civil rights agenda to the economy. The film recreates the controversies between King's advisors, local leaders, and younger militants - debates that led to open conflict. When young hotheads turned King's protest march into a violent confrontation with the brutal Memphis policy, King left. 

King and the nation realized his leadership and nonviolent strategy had been threatened. King felt obliged to return to Memphis to resume a nonviolent march despite the by-now feverish racial tensions. The film captures the deep sense of foreboding that pervaded King's final "I have been to the mountaintop" speech. The next day, April 4, 1968, he was assassinated. 

Four days later, thousands from Memphis and around the country rallied to pull off King's nonviolent march. The city council crumbled and granted most of the strikers' demands. Those 1,300 sanitation workers had shown they could successfully challenge the entrenched economic structure of the South. 

Endemic inner-city poverty, attempts to roll back gains won by public employees, and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us make clear that the issues Martin Luther King, Jr. raised in his last days have yet to be addressed. At the River I Stand succeeds in showing that the causes of (and possibly the solutions to) our present racial quandary may well be found in what happened in Memphis. Its riveting portrait of the grit and determination of ordinary people will inspire viewers to re-dedicate themselves to racial and economic justice

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Big Trouble in Little China

Apr 6
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Carpenter - 1986 - 100m - All Seats $8


New Mexico Entertainment is excited to present the cult classic Big Trouble in Little China starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, and James Wong. An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

“An upscale send-up.” - Walter Goodman, New York Times

“Works as a stand alone classic that features John Carpenter at his best.” -Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

“This is a bizarre, fun, action packed film, filled with wild characters and an adventurous, imaginative and campy spirit.” - Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews

“A film to embody the Eighties, and justify them” - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

“A 'B'-movie-style Western meets Eastern, a supernatural 'chopsocky' fantasy with leading man Kurt Russell doing a feature-length impression of a dead movie star. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. “ - Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews

“The high-octane action comedy takes all that was worthwhile from decades of B-flicks and distills it into a maximum-concentration explosion of cinematic TNT.” - Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star

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The Green Fog - the newest crazy thang from Guy Maddin & Friends!

Apr 7
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson - 2018 - 63m - No Matinees


“This ingenious gizmo will ... delight Maddin fans, or anyone else who enjoys games played with and about old movies.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

Created by filmmaker/cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin with co-directors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, with composer Jacob Garchik and Kronos Quartet, pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s spellbinding Vertigo. Inventive and invigorating, this “San Francisco Fantasia” is lauded by the New York Times as “a marvel of film scholarship.” It’s also a lot of fun. Maddin, working with his Forbidden Room collaborators, set himself the challenge to remake Vertigo without using footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a “parallel-universe version,” in his words. Using Bay Area footage from a variety of sources—studio classics, ‘50s noir, experimental films, and ‘70s prime-time TV—and employing Maddin’s mastery of assemblage, the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock’s tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to the city of San Francisco.

“First and foremost, "The Green Fog" is a marvel of film scholarship that looks backward and forward from the Hitchcock masterpiece.” - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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Zydeco Breakfast

Apr 7 to Apr 8
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Thomas Uhl - 2015 - 94m - No Matinees



The story of one man’s inspiring journey into a world of rich musical culture in Southwestern Louisiana. It begins in a small cafe on the banks of the Bayou Teche and dives deep into the world of Zydeco music; telling the stories of some of this cultures most influential musicians, dancers and innovators.  From its roots to the young emerging local talent of today, Zydeco Breakfast brings you the complex story of Louisiana Americana - a community of people, part of a long tradition, working to preserve the heritage of Southwestern Louisiana.

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Experiments in Cinema v13.6 - A Basement Films Event!

Apr 10 to Apr 14
Tuesday to Saturday

2018 - ONLY $10 General admission per day / $8 students per day !!

Each year Experiments in Cinema brings the international community of cinematic un-dependents to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for a film festival that is designed to inspire a new generation of homegrown media activists to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation. 

In many ways EIC likes to think of itself as a micro-community rather than a festival, in that we are proudly and defiantly non-competitive—no pretentious red carpets, arbitrary prizes or VIP passes at our event. Everyone who participates wins!. EIC is about sharing and nurturing, as we truly believe that the community of media un-dependents are modern day traveling troubadours, sharing their news of the day (from personal, un-embedded perspectives) with colleagues and friends from around the world.  

"Experiments in Cinema serves as a reminder that filmmaking has a responsibility that transcends the pathetically produced popcorn poo-poo that we have come to know as "going to the movies." 

EIC believes in the meat-space of our event and that as useful as Youtube, Vimeo and other interfaces are, there is still nothing that replaces the emotional bandwidth (Gene Yougblood’s phrase) of face-to-face interactions amongst like-minded people inventing and imagining through the power of dialogue.

Each year, in addition to presenting a wide range of international screenings, EIC also hosts live multi-media performances, interactive projects, lectures, discussion groups, hands-on workshops and a program of films produced by New Mexican Middle and High School students.

Our annual celebration of all things un-dependently cinematic is produced by Basement Films. Basement Films is one of the few remaining first wave micro-cinemas left in the United States that has been supporting underrepresented forms of media since 1991." - Bryan Konefsky, EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA FESTIVAL DIRECTOR


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Backpack Full of Cash

Apr 15
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Sarah Mondale - 2018 - 93m

An Albuquerque Teachers Federation Special!

Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, BACKPACK FULL OF CASH takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education -- starved of resources -- hangs in the balance.

"Everyone who values democratic education needs to see this." - Jonathan Kozol, Advocate for children and author of Savage Inequalities

"A heartbreaking account of massive educational theft." - George Abbott White, Massachusetts public school teacher for 42 years

"This film tells a cautionary tale that is real. It's present." - Barbara Silva, Public Education Advocate, Support Our Students Alberta

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Half Baked - a 4/20 Special!

Apr 20
Friday 10:30pm

Dir. Tamra Davis - 1998 - 97m - All Seats $8


New Mexico Entertainment is excited to celebrate 4/20 with a special screening of this stoner classic starring Dave Chappelle Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart and Willie Nelson!  When a member of their crew gets arrested for killing a New York City police horse by feeding it junk food, three slackin' stoners are forced to get off their butts and raise bail by selling pot stolen from a pharmaceutical lab. It's a risky plan but, hey, these are stand-up guys who would do anything to help out a friend in need.

“Riotous, even to the sober.” - Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star

“The definitive stoner's anthem film. Chapelle is hilarious and charismatic.” - Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com

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Hippie Hill - an Underground Stoner Comedy!

Apr 21
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kevin Epps - 2018 - 90m


Just when you think 4/20 is as tired as a Chong bong, award-winning director Kevin Epps reappears with a new cannabis comedy about the weed trade shot at many of our most iconic spaces of scoring.

A underground stoner comedy, a cheesy Halfbaked - this story takes a turn of corny events when Big Chimney loses some rare golden weed seeds that he was delivering from Hippie Hill. In a world full of stoner heads, thugs and hippies everybody will smoke you out!

Starring: James.Wade as Big Chimney, M1 Dead Prez as The Weed Psychic , Phil Jackson as Flako  Amsterdam, Sol Gonzales as Voodoo Town, Shabria Melvins as Yoni, Nick Jonas as cousin Jeffrey, Stack Dough as The Peruvian Llama, Jocelyn June as Mama, Bill Short as The Old Hippie. 

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On The Town - the 1949 Technicolor Musical Masterpiece!

Apr 21 to Apr 22
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen - 1949 - 98m - All Seats Just $5


Fun-loving sailors Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra at his musical best!) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) have 24 hours of shore leave in New York City, and they want to make every second count. While Chip hooks up with loudmouth cab driver Brunhilde (Betty Garrett) and Ozzie swoons for prim anthropologist Claire (Ann Miller), Gabey falls in love with an actress he sees in an advertisement, Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen). Leonard Bernstein, with lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green, provides the music.

“Gaiety, rhythm, humor and a good, wholesome dash of light romance have been artfully blended together in this bright Technicolored comedy.” - Bosley Crowther, New York Times

“A fine, freewheeling musical.” - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“One of the last great movie musicals.” - Film4

“So energetic and vital that the screen barely contains it.” - TV Guide

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Big Time - Danish architect Bjarke Ingels!

Apr 26
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Kaspar Astrup Schroder - 2017 - 93m - In English and Danish with English subtitles

NOTE:  The AIA movie nights are free with a ticket!  Tickets are distributed at our box office on a "First come, First served" basis beginning at 5:00.  Doors open around 6:30pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

Known as one of the world’s most inventive and sought-after architects, named to Time’s list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People, and called “one of architecture’s biggest stars” by the Wall Street Journal, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is a creative and influential force in modern building design.

BIG TIME follows Bjarke over 5 years as he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarke's creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails. And we watch when a health crisis threatens his very success. The film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect, whom the entire world is celebrating as a genius.

“[An] elegant documentary …” - Chris Packham, Village Voice

“The work and mind of an architect come thrillingly to life in this smooth, intelligent doc about a certified modern genius.” - David Noh, Film Journal International

“A film for casual lovers of modern architecture and aficionados, both.” - Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

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