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Mills & McGregor on "Beginners"

Beginners, a new film by Mike Mills starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent, takes place in the Los Angeles of Richard Neutra, Deco hotels, humble Spanish bungalows, and independent bookstores. It opens with septegenarian Hal Fields (Plummer) telling his son Oliver (McGregor) that he's gay. For a double-whammy, the conversation takes place on the heels of the death of his wife, who he was married to for 45 years. The complexities of modern relationships—love, obligation, change, sadness, honesty, and mourning—are explored through two different storylines: that of Hal as he embraces life as a newly outed man who is coping with terminal cancer, and that of Oliver, which takes place after Hal passes. Oliver, while struggling to overcome his father's death, learns to love from Hal's willingness to take risks and build a new life when he was so late in years. What's most remarkable about the film is that it's inspired by the experience of Mills' own father. "Beginners started when my father came out of the closet," writes Mills in his director's statement. "His hunger to completely change life was confusing, painful, very funny, and deeply inspiring."
June 8, 2011
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Friday Finds 5.27.11

This week we've been busily (and excitedly!) prepping for Dwell on Design, which is just under one month away. Among the many events slated are our ever-popular tours of modern homes in Los Angeles, a keynote talk by Cradle to Cradle author William McDonough, and discussions with many more Dwell favorites on topics as far reaching as crafting beer to creating a kid-friendly abode. This week, we also welcomed a new addition to our magazine, designer Everett Pelayo, who shares his first Friday Find today: the lives of Quinnford and Scout.
May 27, 2011
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Friday Finds 5.13.11

It's an exciting week for Dwell as our editors are off in New York City for Design Week. If you aren't able to make the trek to Gotham, have a gander at the designs in this week's Friday Finds. First off, a typographic poster of those golden two-letter words acceptable to use in Scrabble and "Sumo Lake," an animation drawn entirely by hand.
May 13, 2011
Lightning Chicago

Lightning Strikes Thrice

What would Ben Franklin have made of this pair of incredible videos from Craig Shimala? Shimala set up his video camera to catch an electrical storm last year in Chicago and lucked his way into one of the coolest things I've seen all year. The first video shows lightning hitting three of the Windy City's tallest buildings at the same time. Though skyscrapers are some of the most impressive feats of engineering, I usually get lost in wind sheer, structural support and the like, utterly overlookign that these giant buildings have to be made to resist lightning! Cripes! Have a look at the incredible first video and then the follow-up that also shows the Willis Tower being struck again as it's flanked by a giant rainbow. Awe-inspiring stuff. Kudos to you, Craig Shimala.
May 11, 2011
Director Craig Brooks visits the Maxon house site.

Building the Maxon House: Week 8

In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week Eight: Making a modern dwelling—and a documentary film series.   The following is an interview with Craig Brooks, director at Kontent Partners. He shares his story and his vision for the Maxon House film series. Enjoy.  
April 20, 2011
Andrew Carnegie ravaging Pittsburgh as seen on <a href= "">Alternate Histories</a>.

Friday Finds 3.25.11

On the Friday Find plate today: the best damn journalism want ad ever, precocious tots tackling the most serious of nighttime maladies, cameras made from nothing more than cardboard and rubberbands, and photos of sci-fi based historic fantasies.
March 25, 2011
Photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly documented anti-Qaddafi sentiments strewn across walls and on posters in Libya. Photo via <a href="">The New York Times</a>.

Friday Finds 3.18.11

In this week's Friday Finds, we here at Dwell searched the depths of the web to bring you the tale of two cosmonauts, the Spanish tradition of "Castellers," a new take on bear skin rugs, and a real estate find many John Hughes fans will appreciate.
March 18, 2011

BIG & Parkour in "My Playground"

I just came across the trailer for My Playground, a most unusual documentary about architecture by director Kaspar Astrup Schröder. In it the Danish parkour crew Team JiYo sprints and vaults its way around the world, paying special attention to BIG's Mountain Dwellings, an alpine apartment block in the buzzing Ørestad neighborhood of Copenhagen. (Congrats to BIG for their just-announced win of the E2 International Timber Competition in Finland!) This is glossy parkour indeed, practiced on spiffy buildings by well-scrubbed Danes, so little of the gritty Frenchness of the sport's origins is in evidence. But as with BIG's super-hero honcho Bjarke Ingels (who gets in on the action) the vibe of the film is exuberant, celebratory. All told it's one hell of a cool watch, and it looks like you can buy the 50 minute full-length DVD for a cool $20. Via Architects and Artisans.
March 15, 2011
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Friday Finds 2.18.11

Every Friday Dwell's editors, designers, and interns share a handful of their favorite blogs, videos, photographs, and stories appearing on the web. What piqued our interest this week? A colorful map documenting the demographics of Chicago, flipbooks filmed and set to 1940's swing music, and the Westminster Dog Show.
February 18, 2011