Saving Lieb House

When world-renowned architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown discovered that their iconic beach house was scheduled for demolition last year, they launched an epic operation to preserve the home by transporting it across land and sea. The mission to save this model of modern architecture was captured in the documentary short film, Saving Lieb House, to be screened at the Charlotte Film Festival on Sept. 25.

The film, directed by James Venturi (Robert and Denise’s son) and John Halpern, begins at the Jersey Shore and follows the home as it travels to its new location in Long Island. The 25-minute documentary shows crews lifting the foundation, cutting the power and transporting the house down city highways and country roads to a barge in the Hudson River, where it passes beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.

Art, architecture and film enthusiasts can experience Saving Lieb House along with two other documentary shorts, The Art of Courage and Desert in Coffeehouse, at the Charlotte Film Festival Saturday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at EpiCentre Theaters.

Saving Lieb House is one of more than 60 films that will be showcased at this year’s Film Festival. The Fifth Annual Charlotte Film Festival will be held Sept. 20-26 at two locations – EpiCentre Theaters and Regal Park Terrace, both in Charlotte.

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