In 1908, when Frank Lloyd Wright was considered the most innovative architect in Chicago, he traveled to Mason City, Iowa, to design a unique, mixed-use city block – a bank and adjoining hotel facing a park. By 1914, scandal and tragedy would ruin Wright’s career. By 1926, The Park Inn Hotel would begin a serious decline, but still standing, it remained one of his last Prairie style structures. Although little known, and vulnerable to the economic changes in Mason City, The Park Inn influenced the Bauhaus Movement and served as inspiration to one of Wright’s most famous designs – The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Through rare archival footage, period music and a comparative look at famous Wright structures, The Last Wright offers a provocative, ironic tapestry of an American century, tracing the life, death and rebirth of a Midwest town through the prism of The Park Inn.
During the 20th century, the forgotten Park Inn faced alterations and degradation while Mason City drew unwanted national attention with a Dillinger Bank robbery in the 1930s, an economic downturn in the 1960s and the label Porn City in the 1970s. In an effort to promote heritage tourism, the city struggled to fund renovations of The Park Inn in the 1990s while attempting an economic revival with a $20 million tribute to the musical comedy, The Music Man, based on Meredith Willson’s boyhood in Mason City.
Award winning filmmaker Lucille Carra was born in Manhattan. She holds a BFA in Film Production and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was cited Outstanding Woman Student of the Year (Tisch) from the New York University Alumni Association. Through her company, Travelfilm, she has produced, directed and written critically acclaimed cultural documentaries on an international scale. She has an extensive background in arts administration and non-profit, and has worked in the distribution and archiving of international films, including the collections of several master Japanese filmmakers; in theater, Lucille has worked as a production coordinator in New York’s top theaters, and has facilitated the licensing of Broadway productions to Japan. An advocate for children’s literacy, she received a prestigious AmeriCorps award towards an MS degree in Education from CUNY.
How to Watch the Film
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Sunday, June 13
12 noon EDT | 11am CDT | 9am PDT
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Thursday, June 10 at 7pm CST – Sunday, June 13 at 7pm CDT
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