SCREEN: God’s Architects


God’s Architects is a documentary that tells the stories of five divinely inspired artist-architects and their enigmatic creations.The film details how and why these oft-marginalized creators, with neither funding nor blueprints, construct their self-made environments.


In the spring of 2005, Emilie Taylor, then a graduate student at the Tulane School of Architecture, received a travel grant to research and document self-taught and visionary builders around the south. After visiting and documenting a number of builders, most of whom professed some degree of divine inspiration, Emilie shared her findings with filmmaker Zachary Godshall. Immediately attracted by Taylor’s stories, drawings, and photographs, Godshall decided to visit the builders himself.

And so in November 2005, Godshall set out from south Louisiana with a camera, tripod, and microphone to interview and document the work of Floyd Banks Jr., a divinely inspired castle builder living in the east Tennessee hill country.

Three years later, Godshall completed a feature-length film that both examines and celebrates the work of Banks along with four other solitary builders who have constructed similar monuments. Beyond the builders and their work, the film functions as a personal essay that explores the nature of inspiration and one’s dedication to a creative project, no matter how absurd or mysterious the circumstances may seem. (source)

God’s Architects tours the South beginning tomorrow (3/16):

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
Thursday, March 18, 2010 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
Friday, March 19, 2010 Arts Council of Central Louisiana Alexandria, LA
Sunday, March 21, 2010 Mobile Arts Council Mobile, AL
Monday, March 22, 2010 Capri Theatre Montgomery, AL
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Millsaps College Jackson, MS
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Clemson University Clemson, SC
Thursday, March 25, 2010 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
Friday, March 26, 2010 Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University Durham, NC

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