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Lutah a Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design


LUTAH explores the life of a remarkably versatile architect who left an impressive legacy. Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20th century, Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California. Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity. She pursued her passions and created a life of independence, an exceptional choice for a woman at that time. Never before seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection, and candid interviews, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that has gone unnoticed.

Information for the Audience: 

Directors: Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Writers: Kum-Kum Bhavnani , Ryan Pettey
Producers: Gretchen Lieff, Leslie Sweem Bhutani
Key cast:


Screenings / Awards: 
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    Santa Barbara, California
    January 31, 2014
    North American Premiere

  • Napa Film Festival

    Napa, California
    November 13, 2014

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival

    Palm Springs, California
    January 10, 2015

  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

    San Luis Obispo, California
    March 11, 2015
    Best Documentary, Central Coast Film Makers Award

  • Granite State Film Festival

    Nashua, New Hampshire
    April 11, 2015

  • Sanford International Film Festival

    Sanford, Maine
    May 30, 2015
    Maine Premiere
    Best Documentary

  • Female Eye Film Festival

    Toronto, Canada
    June 18, 2015
    Canadian Premiere

Information for theatres: 

student project: No
completion date: 2014-01-24
shooting format: Digital
aspect ratio:
film color: Color
first-time filmmaker: No

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