It was during the tumultuous time of the 2008 real estate collapse that the seeds for Giorgio Angelini’s documentary debut, Owned, began to take shape. Awarded a research grant to photograph the abandoned homes of Inland Empire, California, what Angelini ultimately encountered was an environment far more perverse and disturbing than he had initially anticipated: thousands of square miles, once thriving orange groves were burnt down to make way for a new commodity—air conditioned square footage. With the financial crisis, the charred orange groves sat alongside half-built McMansions. Sparked by this imagery, Owned tells a larger American story.
Film plays a central role in merging disciplines and conveying stories. Informed by creative fields from painting and architecture, to performance and drawing, filmmakers have applied diverse perspectives to inform their cinematic visions. Documentary filmmaking, particularly, captures moments of time, uniquely reflecting our lives and culture back to us, advancing critical areas of agency and discovery. The screening of Angelini’s film and post-screening talk will explore the relationship of architecture, and film, while naturally folding in topics of urban transformation, race, and economics.
Call + Response is an open invitation to Bay Area cultural producers in fields of design, architecture, humanities, civic affairs, urban planning, and more who want to connect with Curatorial Research Bureau to insert their ideas into the public realm for dialogue. The format speaks to a long history of democratic participation, projecting thoughts and ideas in public gatherings where speaking and listening—call and response—are equally valued as essential parts of public discourse.
Giorgio Angelini came to film from a multifaceted career in the creative arts. After touring with bands like The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen, Angelini enrolled in Rice University’s Masters of Architecture Program. Following graduate school, he worked with the architecture firm Schaum Shieh Architects where he designed a wide array of projects, from an exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale to the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas, which received an AIA design award in 2017. Now focused on filmmaking, Angelini launched a production company called Section Perspective Films, the name a nod to his practice operating at the intersection of architecture and film. He served as executive producer for the feature film My Friend Dahmer and directed the documentary-short My Death is Pending…Because. Angelini is currently in production with animator Arthur Jones for a feature documentary about Pepe the Frog, memetics, and the rise of far-right politics in America.