Modernism + Film | Frank Gehry: Building Justice

Modernism + Film | Frank Gehry: Building Justice

LOCATION: VIRTUALLY

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

Frank Gehry: Building Justice

Thursday, August 20
Film begins at 7 - 8:10 p.m. (Vimeo)
Panel Discussion at 8:15 p.m. (Zoom)

The virtual season premiere of Modernism + Film begins with the inspiring documentary Frank Gehry: Building Justice.  Architect Frank Gehry, and philanthropist George Soros, wanted to look at what it would mean to re-design the American prison for a time in the future, a time of low incarceration in the United States.

Frank recognized that he was was never going to be commissioned to design an actual prison. Instead, he and Soros decided to get the dialogue started by running a master’s classes the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Yale School of Architecture with the students tackling the difficult and complex social, political and aesthetic issues behind incarceration and prison design. Frank and the students were guided in part by social justice organization Impact Justice. The film, Frank Gehry: Building Justice examines both the criminal justice system and the issue of prison design through the students’ point of view, as they look into the future of American incarceration policy.

In the film, Frank Gehry, with faculty from Yale and SCI-Arc, and the students themselves, explore the issues with Susan Burton, who, before becoming the leading advocate for prison reform was herself incarcerated over the course of two decades.

Also in the film are James Forman, Professor of Law at Yale Law School, architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, architect Greg Lynn, poet, writer and Yale law lecturer Dwayne Betts, Chris Stone, who was president of the Open Society Foundations, and Lenny Noisette, Director of the Justice Program at the Open Society Foundations, and Alex Busansky, president of Impact Justice.

After the Film Panel Discussion

Please join us on Zoom after the film screening for an interactive panel discussion featuring Ultan Guilfoyle, creator of Frank Gehry: Building Justice who will be joined by Keith Cradle, Bechtler Board Member and Director of Youth and Juvenile Programs for Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Melissa Farling, UNC Charlotte Arts + Architecture alumni and Bechtler’s Director of School and Community Outreach and Jail Arts Initiative Lead, Mykell Gates Jamill.

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How to RSVP

This film and panel discussion is free of charge. Film will be screened through Vimeo. Panel discussion will be held via Zoom.

Registration required by 5 p.m., Wednesday August 19. A link for both the film and panel discussion will be sent after you RSVP.



Watch the trailer for Frank Gehry: Building Justice below.

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