Subject: ADFF February 6, 2019 Newsletter

February 6, 2019

In March ADFF:LA will be back in downtown Los Angeles from March 13-17 for our third year at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Tickets will go on sale February 13th and can be purchased online at or at the theatre at 514 South Spring Street.

Prior to the film festival, we will again host the Short Films Walk (SFW:LA) on Saturday, March 9th at the Helms Bakery District. Details below.

Helms Bakery District will host a day of FREE screenings of 24 short films on architecture and design. Pop into any of the eight participating showrooms — Room & Board, Scandinavian Designs, Vitra, Louis Poulsen, Rejuvenation, Arcana: Books on the Arts, H.D. Buttercup and the Danish Design Store — to 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 amazing short films as they walk from showroom to showroom. SFW:LA will conclude with the screening of a feature length film, Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light in the Design Center at 5:30. Guests will have the opportunity to win FREE TICKETS to the ADFF:LA on March 13-17 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center and at Westedge Design Fair on October 24-27 at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar.
SFW:LA — film highlights and showrooms:
Arcana: Books on the Arts 

Charlotte Perriand: Les Arcs 
2016 | 4:24 min | USA
Director: Spirit of Space

This film about architect Charlotte Perriand's Les Arcs Resort in the French Alps was created for the installation "Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute".  

Danish Design Store 

Mies van der Rohe - Architecture as Language
2015 | 5:04 min | Switzerland
Director: Alexandre Favre

A short video going through Mies van der Rohe’s thinking expressed by the architect’s own words. A personal project by Alexandre Favre shot with a 10mm Kern Switar and a Bolex.

H.D. Buttercup

Ka Hale: A Revival
2018 | 4:52 min | USA
Director: MarQ Morrison

Architect Kumu Francis Palani Sinenci leads the revival of an ancient Hawaiian Hale building in an effort to save indigenous cultural practices. This film was the Peoples' Choice winner at the 2018 AIA Short Film Challenge.

Louis Poulsen 

Lidewij Edelkoort
2017 | 7:42 min | USA
Director: Cindy Allen

The Dutch visionary, Lidewij Edelkoort, is one of the world’s most prescient and influential trend forecasters. She has a supernatural ability to see what’s ahead in the sociocultural sphere, not only in interiors but also in consumer products, fashion, retail merchandising, and even flavor profiles. Join Interior Design's Cindy Allen as she explores the mind of this design oracle to find out how Edelkoort divines the next trend.

Tickets on sale February 13 — Some ADFF:LA films highlights:  
Frank Gehry: Building Justice
Director: Ultan Guilfoyle
2018 / 70 min / USA

Frank Gehry: Building Justice tells the story of architect Frank Gehry’s investigation into prison design as a subject for the best architecture students in the United States. The film follows Gehry as he arranges two ‘master’ studios at the invitation of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation — one at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, the other at the Yale School of Architecture. In collaboration with Susan Burton of the “New Way of Life Reentry Project” in Compton, California, Gehry and his students explore all aspects of prison design, learning first-hand the design flaws of prison life from women who have been incarcerated in the worst American prisons. The film follows the group on a trip to Norway to visit what is considered to be the world’s most successful prisons.

The Human Shelter
Director: Boris Benjamin Bertram
2018 / 58 min / Denmark / US Premiere

The Human Shelter is an anthropological and poetic journey, which investigates how we, as human beings, create our homes. In a sentient and playful way, the film explores our idea of the concept of ‘home’. During the film we travel to some of the world’s extremities concerning climate change, growing megacities and conflict zones. Those exact places where we, as humans, are challenged in the world right now. Here, the film glimpses at people’s ability to live and express themselves poetically when creating a home. No matter if you live in a lagoon settlement in Lagos, in a refugee camp in Iraq 
or in a six sq meters dwelling in Tokyo.

That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles
Director: Christopher Hawthorne
2018 / 56 min / USA

During his time in Southern California in the early 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for an authentic L.A. architecture that might be experimental but also responsive to the city's history, culture and landscape. Writer/Director Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, explores the five Maya-inspired houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles during that period. The documentary also delves into the critic's provocative theory that these designs were a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent, tragic episode in his life.
Director: Gary Hustwit
2018 / 70 min / USA

Rams is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability and the future of design.
For over fifty years, Dieter Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design and the world at large with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe. His work has influenced the way most of today's consumer products look and function. The computer or mobile device you’re reading this on looks the way it does because of Dieter Rams. 


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