Frank Lloyd Wright fans will have an opportunity to see the film during a special preview screening window, Friday, October 30th - Sunday, November 15, 2020.
An homage to America’s most renowned architect, the 55-minute film brings to life the historic collaboration to restore Unity Temple back to its original beauty. The dedicated team of architects, craftspeople, historians, and members of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation reveal the history of one of Wright’s most innovative buildings that merged his love of architecture with his own spiritual values. The film includes reflective quotes of the architect’s philosophies narrated by Brad Pitt.
The Exclusive Preview Community Fundraiser event viewing window is Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 15, 2020. A $20 rental fee will help support five participating Frank Lloyd Wright sites; Unity Temple, Fallingwater, Taliesin, Taliesin West and Hollyhock House, five of the eight Wright works named for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, “The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.” The fundraiser screening will culminate in a special online Virtual Zoom Panel Discussion on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 3 PM, Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, led by the filmmaker and featuring lead architect Gunny Harboe, historian Joe Siry and artisans Julie Sloan and Dorothy Krotzer. To pre-order and register www.unitytemplefilm.com
The film has already received high-praise from industry experts:
“The documentary is perfectly paced and accessible with just the right balance of technical information, inspiring commentary, and beautiful imagery. Along with Pitt’s narration of FLW, the interviewees, particularly Gunny (Harboe) and Paul (Goldberger), established a wonderfully eloquent tone throughout. A joy to watch,” said Justin Gunther, Director, Fallingwater.
“Congrats - I really thought this was EXTREMELY well done! Everything about it down to the titles on the interviews with the stained glass emblem - 1st class! Beautifully shot, edited, scored! I thought the content was able to transcend an "architectural" documentary and illuminate the greater overall vision of "life and art and living,” Rick Rosenthal, Director/Producer, Whitewater Films.
Filmmaker Lauren Levine said “I hoped to convey a window into Wright’s mind, beyond the often repeated autobiographical mainstream material, so that we could better understand Wright’s guiding philosophy and intent that his buildings reflect the people who use them. It was important to capture both the tremendous task and details of the restoration itself as well as the spirit, diversity and commitment of the congregation who continue to bring the building to life."
“The UTRF board and staff are thrilled that Unity Temple has been restored to its original magnificence and couldn’t be happier with this remarkable documentary film that captures the commitment of the renowned professionals and restoration artisans who made this dream a reality,” said Heidi Ruehle, Executive Director, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.
Located in Oak Park, Il, Unity Temple is an icon of 20th-century modern architecture. Designed for Wright’s own Unitarian Universalist congregation in 1905, Unity Temple was constructed between 1906 and 1908 and dedicated in1909. For over 100 years, the building has continued to serve as the home of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation. In 1973, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) was established by a dedicated group of volunteers to steward the restoration and preservation of the building. www.utrf.org
The Unity Temple Restoration Project has received numerous Awards for Restoration & Preservation:
2019 - Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
2019 - American Institute of Architects Illinois, Crombie Taylor Award for Preservation
2019 - Urban Land Institute, Chicago, Vision Award for Projects
2018 - World Monuments Fund/Knoll, Modernism Prize
2018 - Docomomo, Special Award of Restoration Excellence
2017 - Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award from Landmarks Illinois