Academy Award-winning directors Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner reunite for Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts, a film showcasing American artisans in the building trades, including four with hands-on experience at Washington National Cathedral.
Join us for a free screening of Good Work on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral, followed by a short discussion with the filmmakers and the Cathedral artisans whose work is featured in the film: stone mason Joe Alonso, metalsmith Patrick Cardine and stained glass artisan Andrew Goldkuhle.
The documentary illustrates the diversity of beautiful and functional works of art, from stained glass to masonry to ironwork and handcarved lettering. Good Work celebrates the importance of American craftsmanship, occupational traditions, the beauty of our built environment and calls for new generations to do “good work.”
“Unfortunately, our society all too often does not value or appreciate these skilled workers and this kind of work,” Marjorie Hunt, folklorist and curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, said. “As a result, there are not many young people who are interested in learning and pursuing these trades as a career—a loss for our nation in terms of building for the future, preserving our past and sustaining a valuable body of accumulated knowledge and skill that resides in the heads and hands of master artisans.”
A 6:30 p.m. reception, open to the public, precedes the film.
Public Screening: Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Thursday, March 23, 6:30–9 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Washington National Cathedral is grateful to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for their underwriting support of this film screening.