Architecture + Design Film Series continues Oct 15 with Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

by TruexCullins, October 7, 2013

The second installment of the Architecture + Design film series focuses on the career of Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is perhaps the most emotionally charged of all the national monuments, and it is with a heavy dose of irony that we will join as a community to watch this film about its creator at a time when the monument itself is closed to the public due to the Federal Government shutdown.

The first film in the series was shown on September 17 and we were all blown away by the reaction.  About 75 people gathered on the 2nd floor of the BCA Center, exceeding our expectations.  At a time when the city of Burlington is aggressively pushing ahead with innovative growth and development plans, it is clear that folks from all parts of the community are interested in exploring these issues of architecture and design.  And not just in the seclusion of our own living rooms, but together, as a community, where we can share a collective experience, then kick around some ideas and let them percolate among the group.

Film screenings are held one Tuesday each month, at the BCA Center on Church Street in Burlington.

We are grateful for Andrew Chardain, a designer with TruexCullins, who has been instrumental in the development of this film series.  Andrew has been working with University of Vermont art professor Lynda McIntyre and Vermont Eco-Floors co-owner Karen Frost for over a year in the planning of this series. You may have seen the Seven Days article two weeks ago that explains how this trio pulled it all together.

The films are all free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:00pm, with free food and a cash bar.  The film will start at 6:30, followed by discussion.

And new this month: a blog has been set up specifically for this series where moviegoers can continue the discussion and provide feedback to the event coordinators.  Join in this online discussion at

We hope you can join us for the next film on Tuesday, October 15:

Maya_Lin-_A_Strong_Clear_VisionMaya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
1994, USA, 105 minutes
Directed by Freida Lee Mack
Academy Award for Best Documentary

This Academy award winning film profiles the career of Maya Lin, a young artist whose winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC became a national controversy and has since evolved to become a vision for hope and positive change in the world.  The film chronicles her maturation from an emerging young enthusiastic 20-year old into a mature and articulate artist who continues to thoughtfully approach politically motivated artistic creations.



The Architecture + Design Film Series is presented by Burlington City Arts, in affiliation with the Vermont International Film Festival.

A special thank you goes to City Market and Radio Bean for providing food and a cash bar at the event.

The Series is sponsored by: TruexCullins, The Roland Batten Architecture Fund, Vermont Eco-Floors, AIAVT, Huntington Graphics, Emerging Professionals Network-AIAVT, Hotel Vermont, American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Mark and Marilyn Neagley, William Cats-Baril and Isabelle Desjardins, and Anonymous Donors.

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