Mission for Modernism: Alumination, the Airstream documentary

Virtual Event


Eric Bricker

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Register for the screening below. To join the filmmaker Zoom Q&A on Sunday August 22, click here.

Continuing our exploration of the 2021 annual theme “Travel and Leisure,” we are taking a trip through the world of travel trailers. Docomomo US is excited to present ALUMINATION, the Airstream documentary, as part of our Mission for Modernism series. This is private, preview screening offered in advance of its world premiere this fall. The screening will be followed by a moderated Q&A with filmmaker Eric Bricker.

In 1929 entrepreneur, traveler, and dreamer Wally Byam built the first Airstream travel trailer in the backyard of his California home. Nearly a century later Airstream, the iconic American brand, continues as the oldest travel trailer company in the United States. For many, the word "Airstream" signifies more than just the image of an aerodynamic silver bullet gliding down the highway; it also evokes the spirit of innovation, adventure, resilience, and dynamism.

Bambi, Caravel, Flying Cloud- just as these trailers have evolved over the years, so too has their use. No longer just a weekend camping trip or long summer vacation, these trailers are now used as full-time residences, guest homes, food trucks, recording studios and more. Ultimately, Wally Byam didn't just create a tool for travel; he created a platform for living.

Narrated by Kate Pierson (of The B-52s), ALUMINATION, a feature length documentary, will undoubtedly stir the age-old desire to pack up and discover what lies beyond the next range of hills.



The film can be watched any time starting Friday August 20th at 4:00 pm Eastern through Sunday August 22nd at 11:59 pm Eastern. (It is about 75 minutes long)

Q&A with director Eric Brikcer will take place via Zoom Sunday August 22, 2021 from 7:00 - 7:30 pm Eastern. You will receive a Zoom link separately after registering. If you did not receive a Zoom link, click here to regiseter and join the Zoom(please note this is separate from registering for the screening).

$7.50 Docomomo US members
Use the email associated with your membership as the discount code. If you have any questions, contact us at info@docomomo-us.org

$15.00 Non-members (if you would like to become a member, click here). 

NOTE: This film was 100% independently produced. Airstream, Inc. was not a financial supporter nor involved in the production of this documentary other than granting access to their film and photographic archives.

Mission for Modernism is sponsored by a Humanities New York CARES Emergency Relief Grant, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Mission for Modernism is sponsored by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation through the National Trust Preservation Fund. For more information on national preservation grant funding, visit www.Forum.SavingPlaces.org/funding.