A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design

Lutah - A Passion for Architecture: A Life in Design

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014 Premiere

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014 Premiere

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014 Premiere

Photos by: Isaac Hernandez

Napa Valley Film Festival 2014

Napa Valley Film Festival 2014

LUTAH explores the life of a little known architect who left a big legacy. She 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.

This is the untold story of Lutah Maria Riggs.

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2016 Screenings

Coronado Island Film Festival
January 15 — San Diego, CA

Vermont Film School Film Festival
January 23 — Burlington, VT

George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
March 5 — Florence, AL

Green Bay Film Festival
March 5 — Green Bay, WI

Nevada Womens Film Festival
March 5 — Las Vegas, NV

Tribute Film Festival
March 5 — Abilene, TX

Green Mountain Film Festival
March 19, 23 — Montpelier, VT

Equinox Women's Film Festival
March 26 — Palmer, AK

Women's History Month Film Festival
April 4 — Newark , NJ

Riverside International Film Festival
April 6-15 — Riverside, CA

Florida Movie Festival
April 8-17 — Central Florida, FL

Milledgeville Film Festival
April 13-17 — Milledgeville, GA

Architecture+Design Film Festival
April 14 — Winnipeg, Canada

Julien Dubuque Intnational Film Festival
April 21-24 — Dubuque, IA

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 23-28 — Newport Beach, CA

Riverside International Film Festival
May 6-15 — Riverside, CA

Artcroft Film and Video Festival
September 9-11 — Carlisle, KY


This film was made possible thanks to the generosity of the following donors:

Lutah Associate Producer

  • Lisa & Brent Harris

Lutah Lovers

  • Leslie Sweem Bhutani
  • Gretchen Lieff
  • John C. Woodward

Lutah Family

  • Formations
  • Bea Hype, Summerland Antiques
  • Nancy & Jim Swift

Lutah Friends

  • Anonymous I and II
  • Marc Appleton & Joanna Kerns
  • American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Michelle Bruner
  • Sharon Felder
  • Robert Lieff
  • Pearl Chase Society
  • Tracy Rochestie
  • Santa Barbara Beautiful Board of Directors
  • Christine & Scott Smigel
  • Karl G. Smith II
  • Anne & Michael Towbes
  • Katherine Pharibe Wise

Lutah Thank You's

  • Sue Adams
  • Lloyd Applegate
  • Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
  • Laurel & Tom Barrack
  • David Bertrand
  • Daniel Bifano
  • Laura M. Bridley, AICP
  • Hilary Burkemper
  • Jennifer Burrows & Pat Smith
  • Edie Caldwell
  • Susie & Ted Cronin
  • Sylvia & Bob Easton
  • Nancy Gifford
  • Corinna Gordon
  • Elaine Dine Gray
  • Martha A. Gray, Architect
  • Tony Spann & Staff, Harrison Design Associates
  • Ann James Interior Design
  • Scott Johnson, FAIA, Johnson Fain
  • Joan Kreiss and Roger Perlmutter
  • Marie Larkin
  • Dorinne Lee Johnson
  • George Logan
  • Jo Ann Mermis
  • Pat Mitchell
  • Kristi Newton
  • Kimberly Phillips, Maison K
  • John Saladino
  • Shubin & Donaldson Architects, Inc.
  • Wes St. Clair
  • Kami & Tim Morton Smith
  • Heather Sturgess
  • Suzette Naylor, Thompson Naylor Architects
  • The Warner Group Architects
  • Leesa Wilson-Goldmuntz
  • Karina Woolley
  • Diane & Steve Zipperstein