When she first headed south to Black Mountain College, Hannelore Hahn gazed out the train window and marveled at the red earth: “It was like a new planet.” The short-lived North Carolina school wasn’t quite that, but it did have a gravitational pull: Between 1933 and 1957, it attracted such seminal figures as Josef and Anni Albers (German exiles who brought the Bauhaus ethos), Robert Creeley, and Willem de Kooning. At the experimental college, Buckminster Fuller built his first geodesic dome, and John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and M.C. Richards staged the first “happening.” Anyone with an interest in mid-century American art has heard the name, but Cathryn Davis Zommer’s and Neeley House’s Fully Awake: Black Mountain College provides a fuller understanding. Using interviews with many former students and teachers, the film conjures not just the place and people but also a lost spirit of adventure. The film shows at 2 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215.