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In recognition of Black History Month, the film “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story” debuted on February 6 on PBS in Southern California. In Washington, DC, it will air on WETA on Sunday, February 16, and also on Maryland Public Television and WHUT later in the month. The documentary explores the inspirational journey of this iconic architect, who designed homes for celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, as well as the Beverly Hills Hotel, MCA Headquarters and LAX airport. Because of his race he was not always welcome in the places he designed. This is the story of how he overcame discrimination to create a profound portfolio of work. The film will also air on PBS stations nationwide following the premier.
Our own Michael Marshall (and several MMD team members also appear) is honored to have been interviewed and included in the piece, alongside many influential architects and historians. To learn more, read the official press release for the premier here.
Watch the film here.
Information on WETA programming here
Read coverage of the film in the LA Times here