Subject: ADFF Images from the first 3 days...3 more to go

October 16, 2015

We’ve had three great days at the festival with three more to go. Here are some pictures and some of the films being shown this weekend. All films are at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street.

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Bjarke Ingles with Lousie Lemoine and Ila Beka, directors of the opening night film, The Infinite Happiness

Bjarke Ingles with Tom Hart, CCO of Kohler Interior Group

Architect Jeanne Gang leading a Q&A with Architect Simon Walker

Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine leading a conversation on Virtual Reality.



Friday 10/16 @ 7:00 - Tickets 
Saturday 10/17 @ 9:30 Tickets

This film captures a bold architecture project on Fogo Island, Newfoundland that embraces the excitement of living on the edge, both in relation to nature and to contemporary design. A beautifully shot film that captures the stunning landscape and extraordinary architecture that makes up the project. Featuring Zita Cobb of the Shorefast Foundation and Todd Saunders, a Newfoundland-born, Norwegian based architect.

Join Director Katherine Knight & Marcia Connolly and Architect Todd Saunders and mastermind Zita Cobb for a Q&A following the screening. 

Friday 10/16 @ 7:00 - Tickets
Saturday 10/17 @ 9:30 - Tickets

Concrete Love is the first and only documentary about one of Germany’s pre-eminent architects, Gottfried Böhm. The only German laureate of the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture, he is also the patriarch of an architecture dynasty to which his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul belong. But with the death of his wife Elisabeth, a key source of inspiration for all the Böhms, the family loses its emotional lodestone. The film paints an intimate and pointed portrait of the complexity and inseparability of love, art and architecture.

Join Swiss Director Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
for a Q&A following the screening. Introduction remarks from Maura Williams of Marvin Windows.

Friday 10/16 @ 9:30 - Tickets
Sunday 10/18 @ 3:30 - Tickets

Henning Larsen - Light and Space is a portrait of world-famous Danish architect Henning Larsen (1925-2013) who created the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the Copenhagen Opera House. In 2013 Larsen was awarded the world’s largest architecture prize, Praemium Imperiale, in Tokyo. In this film, shot one year before Larsen’s death, and in spite of the mildness of old age, Larsen manages to talk sharply and critically about the relationship between art and power.

Join Director Jytte Rex for a Q&A following the screening.

Friday 10/16 @ 9:45 - Tickets

Talking To My Father features two voices from two eras concerned with how Irish identity is understood through the architecture that surrounds it. Modern architecture in Ireland had reached a high point in the early sixties and one of its most celebrated and influential figures was Robin Walker. A quarter century after his premature death, Simon Walker addresses his father again and explores the legacy of his life’s work.

Join Architect Simon Walker for a Q&A following the screenings.

Sunday 10/18 - Tickets

Conceived as a personal video diary, The Infinite Happiness is an architectural experience. The film takes us to the heart of a contemporary housing development considered to be a new model of success. Inhabiting the giant “8 House” built by Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels in the suburb of Copenhagen, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine recount their subjective experience of living inside this experiment of a “vertical village”.

Saturday 10/17 @ 6:45 - Tickets

Collaborations is a feature-length documentary on the work of British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. The film features interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators, a roster of influential figures in the art and cultural world as well as a significant number of his architectural projects, including public buildings, residential houses, artist studios and exhibition spaces developed over the past 15 years. The collaborators – artists, curators and writers, most of them interviewed ‘on site’ – give creative insights into Adjaye’s buildings, while offering a highly personal perspective on their particular collaboration. By looking at the work through the eyes of others, the understanding of the architectural approach is enhanced, personalized and broadened to encompass a wider discourse.

Saturday 10/17 @ 8:15 - Tickets

This portrait of a London brutalistic icon is an intimate and lively survey of a masterpiece, the Barbican Arts Centre and Estate. The building is of significant historical and cultural significance for London, and the development of the building is a well-known example of ‘urban gentrification’. Designed as a video diary of a month-long immersion in the life of the Barbican, it's an intimate and lively map of this brutalist masterpiece—from the upper floors of the towers to the underground levels of the arts center.

Saturday 10/17 @ 6:15 - Tickets
Sunday 10/118 @ 6:30 - Tickets

SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. A quirky genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: The SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen's vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond.

Join Director Paul Lazarus for a Q&A following the screenings.

Friday 10/16 @ 6:45  -Tickets
Sunday 10/18 @ 8:45 - Tickets

Drawing on Life is a film that follows a series of Irish architects in their studios and the places they like to draw. It eavesdrops on their discussions and thoughts in order to explore and reveal their use of drawing. We see them drawing in cafes, over the drawing table and sketching out their ideas as they talk about projects. The film frames eight short portraits of architects and practices as cinematic windows into this very individual world of drawing.

Saturday 10/17 @ 9:00 - Tickets

Under The Skin of Design tells the story of award-winning architecture where design is used as an agent of change. This film is about the relocation and construction of the award-wining building at Ravensbourne. Cross-layered with human moments and startlingly frank interviews featuring world-renowned Charles Jencks and Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Foreign Office Architects), the film reveals not only the vision and creativity but also the pressure and politics under the skin of this unique iconic structure. With this story we take a fresh look at how people and organizations affect the built environment, addressing economic, social and organizational dynamics, aesthetics and buildability – illustrating the power of place in our everyday lives.

Join Director Audrey Aquilina and Architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo for a Q&A after the 10/17 screening.

Saturday & Sunday Conversations
Housing Excess, Housing Scarcity: A Discussion of Why It Is So Difficult To Get Housing Right

Saturday 10/17 @ 4:15 - Tickets

Rosalie Genevro is executive director of the Architectural League of New York 

Joe Weisbordis, Director, Credit and Housing Access for Fannie Mae

Alexander Gorlin, FAIA

The Ice is Right - Nordic Design Today - A Conversation with Architect Todd Saunders

Sunday 10/18 @ 2:30 - Tickets

Julie Lasky is a journalist, editor and critic

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