Subject: ADFF Highlights from our 7th festival in NY

October 27, 2015

We just wrapped up our 7th festival and are proud to say it was our biggest and best to date — over 6,000 people attended!
Opening night was at the beautiful SVA Theatre and Directors Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine flew in from Rome for their NY Premiere of The Infinite Happiness.

Our friends from Kohler, Ann Sacks, Kallista, Baker and McGuire hosted a rocking pre-film party with cocktails by Bombay, wine by Urlo and food by Bite.
Jennifer Nye of Ann Sacks, John Hart of Kohler, Jaime Evans of Kallista.

Architect Bjarke Ingles of BIG, Alex Polier of DNA Consulting, Joe Mizzi, President, Sciame and Co-founder of 14 Plus Foundation.
The theatre was packed for opening night - over 450 people attended.
Following the opening night film, a dynamic conversation and Q&A with Kyle Bergman, directors Louise Lemoine & Ila Bêka and architect Bjarke Ingles.
Then five days at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas where we took over the entire third floor and created the ADFF Lounge.
On Wednesday night, ARUP hosted a private screening and party in celebration of the film Ove Arup: The Philosopher Engineer, as well as the opening of the new ARUP m| Lab - a mobile version of their Sound Lab.
The ARUP m| Lab was one of five virtual reality/augmented reality experiences for festival-goers to enjoy between films. These experences were curated by ADFF and Azimuth Creations Studios.
On Thursday, Baldwin Hardware hosted a party and private screening for their Design Counsel group that included Architect Eric Keune, Design Director at SOM Chicago.
Wendy Goodman, Design Editor at NY Magazine moderated a panel called "Virtual and Augmented Reality" with Aviad Almagor from HoloLens, Raj Patel of ARUP and Stephanie Riggs of Azimuth Creations Studios.
A Guest experiencing The Digital Gyre - a virtual reality experience by Parc Office. Natuzzi supplied the amazing Revive Chairs for the ultimate VR experience.
Squint/Opera created a virtual reality experience called W57 about Bjarke Ingles's new building on the West Side Highway @ 57th Street. Helena Rose Durst came to the festival to see her building as a VR experience.
Wendy Goodman experiencing Makoko Life, a vitrual reality created by Azimuth Creations Studio
Friday was the US Premiere of Strange and Familiar: The Architecture of Fogo Island - a film that received the highest audience rating at this year’s festival.
Many of the creative team of Strange and Familiar came to the festival including Architect Todd Saunders of Norway and Developer/Inn-keeper Zita Cobb from Canada.
The film Concrete Love - The Bohm Family also made its NY Premiere. The Swiss Director Maurizius Staerkle-Drux came from Europe for the Q&A's. This screening was made possible by the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Consulate of Germany in New York. The introduction of the film was by Maura Williams of Marvin Windows - also a family-run business.
The Danish Consulate helped support the US Premiere of Henning Larsen - Light and Space. Mads Farso of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival at a Q&A with Director Jytte Rex.
The weekend’s 16 screenings was busier than expected.
Saturday began with the US Premiere of the Finnish film Silo 468 with Director Antti Seppanen.
Tina Song, director of The Land of Many Palaces came from Beijing for the US Premiere. Pictured here with Ruth Patir, Festival Co-ordinator.
Rosalie Genevro of the Architects League led a fascinating conversation with Architect Alexander Gorlin and Joseph Weisbord called "Housing Excess, Housing Scarcity".
The Microsoft and Trimble team led many architects and designers into the HoloLens demo room created by Brooklyn’s Situ Studio.
Director Paul Lazarus came in from LA for a couple politcally-charged Q&A's after the screenings of Slingshot about the inventor Dean Kamen.

Juile Lasky and Architect Todd Saunders having a conversation about Nordic Design.
Alejando Zaera-Polo came for a Q&A for the film Under the Skin of Design and stayed for a birthday celebration with ADFF Volunteer-Coordinator Daisuke Suzuki.
Bjarke Ingels and Jan Bunge from Squint/Opera having some fun.
Dustin O'Neal of DNA PR with his brothers checking out the Virtual Reality.

Enjoying the Baker Furniture in the Lounge.

Looking at the Mondaine Swiss Helvitica Watches.
Kristian Jul Rosjo from the Royal Norwegian Consulate talking with Laurie Beckelman.
Thanks to everybody who made this year’s festival such a great success!

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