My Father the Genius
In the tradition of My Architect and The Royal Tenenbaums, filmmaker Lucia Small digs deep to explore the delicate tension between her father's obligations to family and his life-long passion to "save the world through architecture."
A real-life The Royal Tenenbaums." -- -Peter Keough, The Boston Phoenix
"HILARIOUS AND HEART-WRENCHING." -- --Scott Foundas, Variety --Scott Foundas, Variety
"PoIGNANT, QUIRKY, HILARIOUS." -- --Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe --Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe
- Filmmaker and Father interview
- 1970's Mini-Movie: Super-8 Biomorphic Biosphere film with commentary by architect Glen Small
- Architects on Glen Small: Includes interview with 2005 Pritzker-winner Thom Mayne
- Photo Gallery: Narrated slide-show
- Sundance Channel¹s Aftereffect
- Genius II Teaser
- Scene Selections
- Closed Captioning
Top Customer Reviews
Glen knew from an early age that he wanted to be an architect - but not just any architect. He wanted to change the way we live by making our dwellings more ecologically friendly. Unfortunately, Glen's obsession with architecture left little room for family. He divorced Lucia's mother and was largely absent from the lives of their three daughters.
Glen Small's career got off to a roaring start by winning notoriety for his early designs and co-founding the Southern California Institute of Architecture. In the film, Small's ex-students laud him for his "hands on" approach to teaching. Along the way, he designed his magnum opus - the biomorphic biosphere.
Then things went bad. The "biomorphic biosphere" was never built. Small was fired from his faculty position. Several relationships crumbled. He attempted to start over by starting his own architecture firm, but he attracted few clients and his heart wasn't in it, anyway. At the time of the filming, Small was desperate for money.
My Father, the Genius explores Small's overarching ambitions and the twisted relationships that arose as a result. In a striking scene, the viewer sees a 1976 film of Small speaking during a meeting with other architects in which he makes brutal comments about the other attendees and their work. Small's three daughters all have negative feelings about his absence from their lives, but their father is less-than contrite, noting at one point that "families come and go." The viewer's heart breaks for Small's daughters.Read more ›
A must see for any film buff, architect or student of life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This documentary film is truly a work of art. Unlike many documentaries that simply turn the camera on an interesting subject, Lucia Small works magic to bring creativity and... Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by momofngandag
A five-star rating for this outstanding documentary which poignantly examines the issues involved in balancing career aspirations with raising a family. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by James L. Cooper
Lucia Small's personal docu is a heartbreaking and hilarious look into the hubris of her architect father (who comes across like a character in an Ayn Rand novel) and how he and... Read morePublished on March 7, 2007 by Gabriel J. Wardell