Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center (Warren, Mich.), Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University’s Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, Virginia’s Dulles Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. His sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture.
Eric Saarinen is one of America’s most admired directors and cinematographers. His work as Director of Photography encompasses 15 theatrical features, including Albert Brook’s Lost in America, and Exploratorium, Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, Short Subject. His commercial work directing and shooting hundreds of television commercials garnered 13 Clios, 4 MOMA’s, 2 Gold Hugos, and virtually every major advertising award, including the Grand Prix at Cannes for the World’s Best Commercial of the Year, a spot which was also voted by the Art Director’s Guild One Show as one of the Top 10 Best Automotive Commercials in the Past 25 Years.
Eric is the son of Architect and Designer, Eero Saarinen. His mother, Lily Saarinen, was a Sculptor, Artist and Educator. She was also a member of the first women’s Olympic Ski Team. His Grandfather was the acclaimed Finnish Architect and Designer, Eliel Saarinen. Charles and Ray Eames were his Godparents.
Eric’s early life was spent at the Cranbrook Art Institute. Everyday he was surrounded by the beauty and inspiration of this rarified world while his Grandfather and Father helped to create it along with their collaborators and friends: Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Carl Milles, Florence Knoll, Harry Weese, Ralph Rapson, Marianne Strengell and many more. He earned his BA at Goddard College, then, went on for his Masters at UCLA in Filmmaking.
|FILM: Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future | with special guest Eric Saarinen||$10|