A new documentary premiering about Shreveport

If you’ve driven around Shreveport, you’ve seen the work of two architectural giants: Samuel G and William B. Wiener. Now you can learn about their impact on Shreveport and the world. The Louisiana Architecture Foundation (LAF), in partnership with the North Louisiana Jewish Federation and director Gregory Kallenberg, are proud to announce the world premiere of the documentary “Unexpected Modernism: The Wiener Brothers Story” featuring many Shreveport landmarks.

From their press release, “The 43-minute film tells the story of Jewish architects Samuel G. and William B. Wiener, half brothers from Shreveport, whose modernist designs of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings from the 1930s through the 1960s made Shreveport an early hub of International Modernist design in the United States.”

Director Gregory Kallenberg (of Film Prize fame) says,“We are incredibly proud to be part of this film, and to help bring the story of the Wiener brothers to the world. Shreveport should be very, very proud of the architectural treasures that are in our city, and the supportive community that helped the Wieners fund their amazing work!”

Celebrate the legacy of the Wiener brothers at the virtual premiere of this new documentary featuring Shreveport. The Unexpected Modernism: The Wiener Brothers Story live streamed on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00pm. The location is at The Strand Theatre. Purchase tickets here. After the film, enjoy a panel discussion featuring architecture luminaries.

This documentary was the first in an effort to preserve the history of Wiener brothers. In mid-2022, look for a website that will take you on a tour of these landmarks.

Photos Source: Rational Middle Media