Subject: ADFF March 31 Newsletter


Dear Friend,

From May 5 – 9, The Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center  will be showcasing 39 films from 11 countries, and feature a dynamic program of films, panel discussions and Q&As with filmmakers, architects and designers. 
Below are highlights of some films that will be shown:


Thursday, April 7th at the 

Chicago Architecture Foundation
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  

Shooting Architecture: 

Seeing Buildings Through Film -

an evening with Ultan Guilfoyle.

This event is organized in conjunction with: 

For more information and to purchase tickets:

Tuesday, April 26th at the

Graham Foundation 
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

Architecture & Design Film Festival presents an evening of short films :

Followed by a discussion with James Venturi, filmmaker and owner of Light From Light Films. LFLF produces documentaries that are designed to be enlightening.


Six Pound Chair (5 minutes, 2004);

Director - Eames Demetrios


Glenn Murcutt (11 minutes, 2010); 

Director - Bruce Inglis


Saving Lieb House (24 minutes, 2009); 

Director - James Venturi

Take a quiz on our Facebook page for a chance to win tickets!

Each Monday we'll be posting a trivia question about Chicago and its architectural heritage. You will have until 6:00pm (CST) on Wednesday to send in your answers. Winners will be selected at random and announced the following day. Additional tickets will be awarded to the person with the most creative answers, too!

Good Luck!

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Opening Night will be the Chicago Premier of
How Much Does Your Building Weigh,
Mr. Foster?

Directed by 

Norberto Lopez Amado & Carlos Carcas

"We've forgotten that useful things could be this beautiful."  

The film traces the rise of Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau, France.   Read more


Making its U.S. Premier

Antwerp Central
Directed by Peter Kruger

March 27, Montreal  "It was announced at the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal (FIFA) that the Grand Prize was given to the film Antwerp Central.”

This film takes the viewer on a journey through the physical and mental space of Antwerp’s Railway Cathedral, from its construction to the present day. The film covers three centuries of Belgian railway history: from the moment that the national railway company laid its first tracks to the development of the high-speed rail link in the 21st century.  Read more


Visual Acoustics

Directed by Eric Bricker

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

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