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Film about citizen architecture to be screened Nov. 14 at Museum of the Rockies

October 25, 2011

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Montana State University School of Architecture and JLF and Associates Architects and Planners will present a screening of a film about citizen architecture and the late architect Samuel Mockbee as well as a question-and-answer period with the director and producer of the film. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Hager Auditorium of Museum of the Rockies.

"Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio" is a documentary film about the late architect and the radical educational design/build program at Auburn University known as the Rural Studio.

The film explores Mockbee's effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Revealing the philosophy and heart behind the Rural Studio, the documentary includes passionate and never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee. "Citizen Architect" also discusses the ripple effect that the Rural Studio continues to have throughout the profession and Mockbee's influence on discussions about what it means to be both a successful professional and a responsible member of society.

The film screening will be followed by a Q and A with film director Sam Douglas, producer Sarah Anne Mockbee, both from Austin, Texas, as well as Ashley Sullivan, architect and partner of JLF in Bozeman and a former Rural Studio participant.

The event is sponsored by the MSU School of Architecture, JLF and Associates and the Museum of the Rockies.

For more information about the film, go to

David Fortin (406) 994-7579,