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My Father the Genius

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When estranged father, dreamer, and visionary architect Glen Howard Small bequeaths his daughter the task of writing his biography, she answers instead with a provocative film about his precarious career and thorny private life. At 31, Glen Small, founder and faculty member of the internationally acclaimed Southern California Institute of Architecture, was a rising star. At 61, he can barely pay his bills.

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."

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"An intensely personal and risk taking film." -- --Alan Deutschman, Salon.com

"Brilliant!...

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


Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Directors: Lucia Small
  • Producers: Lucia Small
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Metro Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTEFQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Father the Genius" on IMDb

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This is an amazing movie... How rare that a talented filmmaker turns the camera on herself and her own roots to tell such a funny, yet heartbreaking story. This is an intimate, brave memoir - I think Lucia Small took a big chance documenting the history of her unusual, creative and oh-so-narcissistic father - it's an odd tribute to a man so reflective of his times (1960's and 70's) -- I wonder what he thought of it. A must-see for documentary fans, fans of truth or even just fans of family dysfunction!
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I originally saw this documentary on the Sundance Channel. As a documentary, it works on two levels. It tells the story of an essentially unknown, but important, architect, whose work influenced a generation of young LA architects. It is also a poignant story of a complex father-daughter relationship, one that is made even more complex by the flights of a stubborn, idealist father who remains true to his lifelong creative obsession. Highly recommended.
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A really great story about a father, from a daughter, providing insight into the mind of an eccentric genius that so many of us can identify with in some weird way or another. Very enjoyable ride with a lot of great humor. I wish my dad was like him,.. kinda!
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This film was compelling a beautifully crafted exploration of one crazy man who is both more and less than he seems.

A must see for any film buff, architect or student of life.
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A five-star rating for this outstanding documentary which poignantly examines the issues involved in balancing career aspirations with raising a family. A daughter, as only she can, tells the story of her father - an uncompromising, visionary, architect - who was so preoccupied with his role in changing the world through architecture that in the process compromised his role as a father. With feeling, honesty and humor, Lucia Small creatively weaves the needs and wishes of herself and her siblings with that of a father engrossed in a life long push toward architectural excellence. Despite his detachment as a father and his sometimes irascible, opinionated demeanor as an architect, one can't help but admire his immense talent, his let-it-all-hang-out honesty, and his disdain for mediocrity and shallowness. A beautifully constructed documentary which will strike you at all levels of feeling.
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