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FILM: "Brown vs. Brown"–The Tension of Midcentury Modernism in New Zealand

A film on the late modernist architect, Peter Mark-Brown, his legacy, Neutra’s influence and New Zealand’s iconic midcentury homes, viewed through the lens of his filmmaker son, with Alan Hess in Q+A.

$15 (1.75 hrs)

Category: Film, CAMP Theater

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New Zealand modernist architect Peter Mark-Brown (1929–1978) died when his son, Simon Mark-Brown was 17. Brown vs. Brown is a documentary Simon first started 23 years ago, as a way to seek understanding of his architect father, about whom there was some mystery: a changed name, a second family. 

It is also an in-depth overview of midcentury modernist architecture in New Zealand, and the tension between the ‘regionalist' and the ‘internationalist’ architects. Simon explores his late father’s work during this era, how he fitted in and why he changed his name. 

Brown vs. Brown mixes family and architectural history in a feature length film that takes you on a whirlwind tour of New Zealand’s midcentury architecture. The film is an important look at the history of residential architecture in New Zealand. It is visual, dramatic, funny, fascinating and tragic.

Author and architectural historian Alan Hess will moderate a Q+A with the director at the conclusion of the film. 

Aotearoa (New Zealand) 2023 / 95 min. Simon Mark-Brown, Director & Producer.   


Things to Know
This event is for 
12 and older.
Ample free public parking is available.
Enter underground parking at Hyatt on Palm Canyon Drive or in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Modernism Week Theater At CAMP

Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Courtesy Brown vs. Brown

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