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Lutah Maria Riggs
updated: Feb 08, 2014, 11:00 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Director/Producer/Writer)
68 minutes
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The Santa Barbara Film Festival is filled with a myriad of films, but it is truly a breath of fresh air to have a hometown film based on a local legend. Lutah explores the life of the architect Lutah Maria Riggs, who blazed a trail for architects and women right here in Santa Barbara. Throughout the 60 years of her dedicated work, Lutah's independence and passion helped her overcome barrier after barrier in a male- dominated field.

Lutah designed iconic buildings such as the Lobero Theater, Vedanta Temple, and the Botanic Garden and was integral to rebuilding a damaged Santa Barbara after the 1925 earthquake. Lutah designed exquisite homes in many styles for some of Santa Barbara's greatest philanthropists and spent hundreds of volunteer hours laying the foundation for the Santa Barbara Landmarks Commission. She did all of this as an independent woman at the turn of the 20th century.

The film depicts the untold story of the woman behind the architecture. With a variety of interviews from former colleagues, experts, and historians, Lutah is described as a detail-oriented and unassuming trailblazer. Weaved in between the dialogue were historical photos, personal journal entries, and artistic sketches. The filmmakers did a fantastic job of trying to crack the code of Lutah the person, not Lutah the architect. She seemed to be a rarity compared to other women of her time. Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspect of this film are the deep roots held in Santa Barbara. The photos and film footage of existing buildings that Lutah perfected are nothing short of fascinating.

Screen the film:
Last chance to see this film is on Sunday, February 9th at 7pm, at the Lobero Theatre.

Watch this short Trailer of Lutah:

Lutah - Teaser Trailer from Satellite Pictures on Vimeo.


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