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|