ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/MOVIES

By News Release

PETERBOROUGH — The Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) and the Peterborough Community Theatre will present the 2003 Academy Award-nominated documentary “My Architect” on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. The film by Nathaniel Kahn, follows the career of his father, world renowned architect Louis Kahn.

A bonus to the evening is a discussion after the film with local architect Dan Scully, who worked with Louis Kahn over the course of four summers. Scully will share how this experience impacted his career and share stories of his mentor, who he said “taught a poetic spirituality of architecture.”

Additionally, the filmmaker’s mother, Harriet Pattison, who is prominently featured in the documentary will attend the screening.

Tickets are $5 for MONIFF members, $10 for non-members.

Synopsis:

A riveting tale of love, art, betrayal and forgiveness — in which the illegitimate son of a legendary architect undertakes a worldwide exploration to discover and understand his father and the personal choices he made.

Louis I. Kahn is considered by many historians to have been the most important architect of the second half of the twentieth century. While Kahn’s artistic legacy was a search for truth and clarity, his personal life was secretive and chaotic. His mysterious death in a train station men’s room left behind three families — one with his wife and two with women with whom he had long-term affairs. The child of one of these extra-marital relationships, Kahn’s only son Nathaniel, sets out on a journey to reconcile the life and work of this mysterious man.

Revealing the haunting beauty of his father’s monumental creations and taking us to the rarified heights of the world’s celebrated architects and deep within his own divided family, Nathaniel’s personal journey becomes a universal investigation of identity, a celebration of art and ultimately, of life itself.