Subject: ADFF Newsletter March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

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Festival Highlights
Director: Tomas Koolhaas
2016 / 75 min / USA
March 15 Buy Tickets March 17 Buy Tickets

REM is the LA premiere of Tomas Koolhass's film about his father, Rem Koolhass.

Architecture is usually filmed from the outside, as an inanimate object. The few depictions of interiors are usually limited to still or static images of an empty building, reducing it to no more than an icon or sculpture. REM, the documentary by Rem Koolhaas's son, uses an unconventional approach by combining the human stories and experiences of both the architect and the users of his architecture.

Sites of Speculation: 
Urban futures prototyped through film.

Film can be a powerful medium for architects to prototype our wondrous hopes and darkest fears of the future.

Liam Young, coordinator of Sci Arc’s Fiction and Entertainment Master’s Program, will host an evening of speculative fiction short films from architects, directors and world builders followed by a panel discussion.

Each film will be a window into an alternative urban future–an extraordinary image of tomorrow and a provocative examination of the pertinent questions that are facing us today. 

Screenings include films by Sci Arc Fiction and Entertainment faculty members Liam Young and Alexey Marfin, a few graduates of the program, and a range of shorts from visionary directors such as Keiichi Matsuda, and many more.     
Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place
Director: Catherine Hunter
2017 / 59 min / Australia
March 17 Buy Tickets March 18 Buy Tickets

Glenn Murcutt – Spirit of Place explores the life and art of Australia’s most famous living architect. Murcutt’s extraordinary international reputation rests on the beauty and integrity of his work. With a swag of international awards (including the prestigious Pritzker Prize) Murcutt has literally put Australian architecture on the world map. And yet, by choice, he has never built outside his own country. Murcutt’s focus instead has been the creation of energy-efficient masterpieces perfectly suited to their environment and his breakthrough designs have influenced architects around the world. This documentary follows Glenn Murcutt, now 80 years old, as he designs his most ambitious project to date – a mosque for an Islamic community in Melbourne.

Photo ©Jesse Marlow
Made in Ilima 
Director: Thatcher Bean
2017 / 65 min / USA
March 15 Buy Tickets March 17 Buy Tickets

MASS Design Group's amazing sustainable project is a unique design film all about the building process.

In the center of Equator Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. They have coexisted with endangered wildlife in their surrounding forest for generations, but as the pace of development has increased, this fragile ecosystem has suffered.

They partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation and the architecture firm MASS Design Group to create a new conservation-focused primary school and community center. This film documents the collective building process — one aimed at leveraging local craft and ecological knowledge towards education, preservation, and beauty.
Other Feature Films:

Frey: Part 1 - The Architectural Envoy

Panel Discussions:
Following the screening of Workplace, Edie Cohen of Interior Design will lead a discussion with Primo Ophelia of Studio O+A and 
Barbara Dunn Studio Director, Principal of Gensler LA. Co-presented by Vitra and Interior Design. March 16 Buy Tickets

Following the screenings of Eye Over Prague & Breakpoint Marcel Náhlovsky of Lasvit will be on hand to discuss the craft of Glass Blowing and Czech Design. March 16 Buy Tickets

Following the Sci Arc screening of Short Films, the architect and professor Liam Young will will lead a discussion on connections between creating architecture and making films. March 16 Buy TIckets

Some of the people involved in post-screening Q&A's include:

Kirk Brown: Producer, Frey Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy
Mina Chow: Director, Face of a Nation:What Happened to the World’s Fair?
Joseph Clement: Director, Integral Man
Giulia Caruso: Producer, Columbus
João Miguel Couto Duarte: Producer, Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse
Catherine Ledner: Director, Designing Life
Edward Lifson: Journalist
Henrique Pina: Director, Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse

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Helms Bakery District will host a full day of FREE screenings with over 24 short films on architecture and design. Pop into any of the six participating showrooms on the walk — Arcana Books, Harbour Outdoor, H.D. Buttercup, Room & Board, Scandinavian Designs and Vitra — and experience a unique program of films curated by ADFF. The films will be shown on a loop and play throughout the day so guests have an opportunity to see dozens of film shorts as they walk from showroom to showroom.
ADFF: ATHENS will screen over 20 films at the historic Benaki Museum. Its the first time Greece will experience an architecture film festival and we hope to have this on our annual circuit of festivals. 
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