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Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio

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In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build education program, in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as “Music Man” because of his zeal for old R&B and Soul records. The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. Mockbee's 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 has influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship. Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas. Produced by Sam Wainwright Douglas, Sarah Ann Mockbee & Jack Sanders. (Not rated. 60 minutes. NTSC. Color. English. Documentary.)

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