Subject: ADFF: LA Day 4 – March 17

March 17, 2018

ADFF: LA still has 21 screenings and many Q&A's with filmmakers.
Pictures from March 16
Festival Highlights for Today, March 17
March 17 @ 4:00 Buy Tickets 
Program 12
A Saint Patrick's Day Special

Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect
2017 / 81 min / Ireland
Director: Mark Noonan

Still working at age 95, Pritzker Prize-winning, Irish-American architect Kevin Roche is an enigma. He’s reached the top of his profession, but has little interest in celebrity and eschews the label “Starchitect”. Despite a lifetime of acclaimed work that includes the Ford Foundation, Oakland Museum of California and 40 years designing new galleries for The Metropolitan Museum in New York, he has no intention of ever retiring and keeps looking forward. Roche's architectural philosophy focuses on creating “a community for a modern society” and he has been credited with creating green buildings before they became part of the public consciousness.

March 17 @ 4:00 Buy Tickets 
Program 14

Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse
2017 / 65 min / Portugal
Director: Henrique Câmara Pina

Come hear Director Henrique Câmara Pina and  Producer/Architect João Miguel Couto Duarte in a post-screening Q&A.

The work of the architects at Aires Mateus clearly shows contemporaneity - in its complexity and contradiction - a difficult condition to express in the realm of architecture. The extent of the work that they've been developing for many years confirms this. Their proposals develop a language with a strong universal impact. From this universality emerges an adaptation to the territory rooted in a clear Portuguese tradition. One finds in the interpretation of the work of Aires Mateus architects an appetite - almost a desire - for a cinematographic appropriation: by the invention of a place; by the confrontation between body and matter; for the clarity of games of shadow; for the search of a silence of its own. The matter is found in reverse.
March 17 @ 1:45  Buy Tickets 
Program 15
Director: Kogonada
2017 / 100 min / USA

Come hear Journalist Edward Lifson and producer Giulia Caruso in a post-screening Q&A.

Columbus is the first feature-length fiction film ever screened at ADFF.

With its naturalistic rhythms, its focus on architecture and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's Columbus unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin and Michelle Forbes, Columbus is also a showcase for the director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

March 17 @ 6:15  Buy Tickets
Program 8
Integral Man 
Director: J
oseph Clement
2016 / 62 min / Canada

Come hear Director Joseph Clement in a post-screening Q&A.

After Euclid, Toronto’s Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world. Stewart spent a decade and a small fortune building the home of his dreams to reflect his two obsessions: curves and music. The completed home, called Integral House, provides him with both. A stunning architectural gem of subtly curved wood and vast, evocative spaces, the house stands in Toronto’s Rosedale neighborhood and is considered by many one of the city’s best performance spaces. Stewart took joy in hosting his trademark musical evenings with world-class guests, including the likes of Grammy–nominated Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, featured in the film. This debut film by landscape designer and artist Joseph Clement is an impressive work of art with its masterful combination of beautiful soundscapes and gorgeous architectural details. It ultimately delivers a finely crafted portrait of Stewart and his beloved home.

March 17 @ 4:15  Buy Tickets
Program 6
Frey: Part 1 - The Architectural Envoy
Director: Jake Gorst
2018 / 65 min / USA

Come hear Producer Kirk Brown in a post-screening Q&A.

Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, aided in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the United States. Through his innate curiosity of the American landscape, he developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature.


March 17 @ 8:30  Buy Tickets
Program 20
Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey
Director: Yvan Iturriaga & Raymond Telles
2015 / 54 min / USA

Discover the remarkable life and work of Pedro E. Guerrero (1917—2012), a Mexican American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who had an extraordinary international photography career. Using an exclusive interview with Guerrero along with his stunning images, the program explores his collaborations with three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Using his outsider’s eye to produce insightful portraits of important modernist architecture, Guerrero became one of the most sought-after photographers of the “Mad Men” era, yet his poignant story is largely unknown.

Screening with the Short Film
Memory Frame
Director: Jeff Durkin

A look into how architecture can create memories. Husband and wife design team Larry Scarpa and Angie Brooks illustrate their desire to create experiences rather then objects. From a formerly homeless person in downtown Los Angeles to a museum curator in Raleigh, this short film explores how their architecture frames the user’s memory of their spaces.
March 17 @ 8:00  Buy Tickets
Program 17
Getting Frank Gehry
Director: Sally Aitken
2015 / 52 min / Australia

The University of Technology, Sydney’s new business school, is Frank Gehry’s daring ‘Treehouse project’, otherwise known as the 'crumpled brown paper bag’ to its critics. At first sight, the school will almost certainly shock anyone not already familiar with Gehry’s work elsewhere around the world. Designed to be radical inside and out, the building is sure to provoke conflicts for decades, and yet is highly likely to be hailed as a masterpiece of early 21st century architecture in time, just as so many of his other creations have already been.

March 17 @ 1:30  Buy Tickets
Program 11
The Experimental City
Director: Chad Freidrichs
2017 / 95 min / USA

In the 1960s, frustrated by the growing problem of urban pollution, Athelstan Spilhaus, a visionary scientist and futurist comic strip writer, assembled a team of experts to develop a bold experiment: the Minnesota Experimental City (MXC). MXC would be the city of the future, a domed metropolis for 250,000 pioneering residents, built from scratch and using cutting-edge technology to prevent urban sprawl and pollution. Things didn’t quite go as planned, as explored in Chad Friedrichs’ fascinating look back at the would-be city of tomorrow.
March 17 @ 6:00  Buy Tickets
Program 3
Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place
Director: Catherine Hunter
2017 / 59 min / Australia

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.

March 17 @ 2:00  Buy Tickets
Program 4
The Diplomat, the Artist & the Suit
Director: Paul Goldman
2017 / 57 min / Australia

Three remarkable men, John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall have created Australia’s most internationally renowned architecture firm. This film follows the build of the new Australian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale.
March 17 @ 6:00  Buy Tickets
Program 9
Made in Ilima
Director: Thatcher Bean
2017 / 65 min / USA

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 in 2012 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.
March 17 @ 1:30  Buy Tickets
Program 7
Director: Tomas Koolhass
2017 / 95 min / USA

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 experience of both the architect and the users of his architecture.

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