The Last Dymaxion

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The Last Dymaxion
The Last Dymaxion.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Noel Murphy
Produced by Noel Murphy
Release date(s)
  • December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)
Country United States
Language English

The Last Dymaxion: Buckminster Fuller’s Dream Restored... is a 2012 documentary film directed by Noel Murphy (comedian).[1][2][3] about the world's first Green car produced in 1933. It's also about the legacy, mentorship and genius of Buckminster Fuller. The Dymaxion is described by British architect Norman Foster, who successfully carried out the 70 year old unrealized plans to build Dymaxion car #4 (originally ordered by Amelia Earhart, as “an incredibly beautiful aesthetic object.” Jay Leno, who collects cars, says in the film “It does fire your imagination. Buckminster Fuller was a genius".[4] Buckminster Fuller's relentless advocacy for humanity permeates throughout this film.[5]

Dymaxion is intended for the Sundance Film Festival 2013.[6] On “The Dymaxion topic”, Director Noel Murphy said in a phone interview, “It is a vast thing to study. To describe Buckminster Fuller as a car designer would be like describing Jimi Hendrix as a guitar tech”. Fuller was a visionary environmentalist; his lightweight teardrop-shaped car spun on three wheels, held a dozen people and was originally meant to run on alcohol fuel. The documentary explores his other green innovations, including his geodesic domes and philosophical approach to architecture.[7]

Story[edit]

Buckminster Fuller was the grandfather of the modern Green movement. He gave us the world's first green automobile in 1933. Fuller is the inventor of the Geodesic Dome, the world’s largest self-supporting structure. Buckminster revolutionized architecture around the world. He was first to say: "there is enough for everyone everywhere in the world” and demonstrated for people that one individual has the power to change the world. Fuller counted Albert Einstein, and John Lennon as friends. The documentary covers Fuller’s darker challenges as well as his innovations: his youthful heavy drinking, expulsion from Harvard University and a near suicide attempt by drowning in Lake Michigan. In 1927 R. Buckminster Fuller had lost his 4 year daughter due to Polio, he lost his job, and nearly all else. He hit a desperation few know. He finally gave up and decided to throw himself off a cliff and end his life. Only moments before he was to step off, Fuller reports he had an “intense mystical experience” and stepped back. In a flash of awakening he realized that he could not die until he gave everything to see what one man could do to contribute towards humanity, and for the next fifty years that's exactly what he did. The Last Dymaxion is the story.[8]

Production[edit]

Pre-production[edit]

Filming took place over two years and tells the story of Buckminster Fuller the world's first green architect, and the story beyond. The director Noel Murphy (comedian) has traveled to England, Spain and all over the United States, doing research and filming. He has talked to everyone from Jay Leno to Norman Foster.[6][9] Buckminster Fuller, the architect and philosopher, built three car prototypes shaped like zeppelins. They were named Dymaxion, short for Dynamic Maximum Tension. The filmmaker, Noel Murphy, a descendant of a General Motors founder, has spent about $100,000 so far, traveling to Fuller archives and New England factory sites and interviewing Dymaxion fans.[7][10][11] Mr. Murphy has acquired Fuller artifacts during his research, including a 1941 photo of a Dymaxion prototype taken just before an unsealed gas cap caused it to catch fire and be destroyed. One Dymaxion prototype survives, and was recently returned to the collection of the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. Murphy personally took part in the restoration at Crosthwaite & Gardiner, car restorers in East Sussex, England.[7] It had spent years rusting on a farm before ending up at the museum. “Part of the car was destroyed but Bucky’s true legacy was his thinking,” the historian Jay Baldwin explains in the documentary.[7]

Screening[edit]

The film has been screened at McPherson Museum of Art and History, Yale University and Earth Day Cabrillo College.[10][12][13][14]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Dymaxion Car". Dymaxion Car. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  4. ^ Kahn, Eve M. (2011-01-13). "Dymaxion Cars, Americana Auctions and French Gilded Art". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Buckminster Fuller's Dream Restored... The Last Dymaxion- A screening with Filmmaker Noel Murphy". Brownpapertickets.com. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
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  7. ^ a b c d Kahn, Eve M. (2011-01-13). "Dymaxion Cars, Americana Auctions and French Gilded Art". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Česky. "Buckminster Fuller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  9. ^ "The Last Dymaxion". M I C H I G A N M O D E R N. 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  10. ^ a b Name (required) (2011-05-16). "The Last Dymaxion: Buckminster Fuller’s Dream Restored – an evening with filmmaker Noel Murphy « Cabrillo College Sustainable Cultures Class". Cabrillosustainablecultures.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Buckminster Fuller's Dream Restored... The Last Dymaxion- A screening with Filmmaker Noel Murphy - Event - WTVR News Events Calendar". Wtvr.eviesays.com. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  12. ^ "Yale Arts Calendar: "The Last Dymaxion"". Artscalendar.yale.edu. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  13. ^ "The Last Dymaxion: Buckminster Fuller’s Dream Restored". 38.127.130.132. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
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