Subject: ADFF March 5, 2019 Newsletter

March 5th, 2019

ADFF:DC was a great success, and we want to thank our presenting sponsors — the National Building Museum with the Revada Foundation. Below are a few images from the festival in DC.
Short Films Walk:LA
March 9
11:00 - 5:00pm

Helms Bakery District and ADFF will present 24 short films show in eight showrooms. Each showroom will have a screening area that will present three films on a loop all day. Participating showrooms are: Arcana:Books on the Arts, Danish Design Store, H.D. Buttercup, Louis Poulsen, Rejuvenation, Room & Board, Scandinavian Designs and Vitra. All screenings are free and participants will have the opportunity to win free tickets to ADFF:LA
Some of the short films ...
at Rejuvenation

City Hyde Park
2017 | 3:20 min | USA
Director: Spirit of Space

Designed by the architect Jeanne Gang, City Hyde Park introduces a new design approach to urban rental housing that builds a network between residents, their neighborhood and the city. Where so many towers of this scale and budget fail to start conversations within the architectural community, this 14-story apartment building does the exact opposite and continues Chicago’s modernist legacy of buildings that exhibit architecture, engineering and structure. 

Building Zeitz MOCAA
2017 | 2:13 min | UK
Director: Marcus Hawk

Architect Thomas Heatherwick talks about reimagining historic buildings into contemporary, soulful places. His studio transformed an abandoned grain silo in Cape Town into Zeitz MOCAA, a contemporary art museum with a 10-story atrium carved from the 
the building's concrete tubes.

2018 | 6:50 min | USA
Directors: Ma Yansong & Shen Wei 
Architecture and dance converge in Innerspace – a short film by the principal of MAD Architects, Ma Yansong, and choreographer Shen Wei.  Innerspace highlights the architecture and scale of Ma Yansong’s Harbin Opera House through dance, emphasizing how it is inherently theatrical in both its performance of narrative spaces, and its context within the landscape.

Frank Gehry: Creating Feeling
2018 | 4:58 min | USA
Director: Emile Rafael

Director Emile Rafael presents a moving architectural journey through Paris's Foundation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry. The film features a candid interview with the iconic American architect, whose buildings seem to defy gravity itself.

presented by Pacific Sales & Home
March 13-17

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles CA

Some of the feature films ...
Frank Gehry: Building Justice
Director: Ultan Guilfoyle
2018 / 70 min / USA 

Opening Night 
3/13 @ 7:15 w/ VIP reception and panel with KCRW's Frances Anderton,  Director Ultan Guilfoyle and Ingrid Archie  - Buy Tickets

3/17 @ 5:00 Buy Tickets

Frank Gehry: Building Justice tells the story of the 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.

Mies on Scene. Barcelona in two acts
Directors: Xavi Campreciós and Pep Martín
2018 / 57 min / Spain 

3/14 @ 6:30 Buy Tickets
3/16 @ 3:30  & Panel with Michael Webb, Susan MacDonald, Frank Escher, and Edward Lifson Buy Tickets

One of the most famous architectural works of the 20th century had disappeared for more than 50 years. But its image still exists in the minds of many generations of architects, becoming one of their greatest influences.

Only eight months after opening, the German Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition of 1929 was disassembled. In 1986, after years of perseverance, it was reconstructed exactly in the same place. The existence of the pavilion and its creators remains surrounded by myths and stories, statements and questions. This documentary starts with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich designing the mise-en-scène that would change the course of history.

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

3/15 @ 8:15 Buy Tickets
3/17 @ 7:00 Buy Tickets

This documentary 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 facing 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 — whether it be in a lagoon settlement in Lagos, a refugee camp in Iraq or a six square meter dwelling in Tokyo.

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

3/14 @ 6:15 &  Q&A with Director: Christopher Hawthorne Buy Tickets 

3/17 @ 3:15 Buy Tickets

During his time in Southern California 
from 1910 to the early 1920s, 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 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.

Leaning Out
Directors: Basia and Leonard Myszynski
2018 / 59 min / USA 

3/16 @ 5:45 &  panel with Engineers Leslie E Robertson, Sawteen See, Director Basia Myszynski and Architect Jonathan Ward Buy Tickets

3/17 @ 5:15 &  Q&A with the director, Basia Myszynski Buy Tickets

This is the story of Leslie E Robertson, the lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center, a man who oversaw the construction of the tallest building on the planet at the time, and is haunted by its collapse and the events of 9/11. This bond with humanity solidified his place in American history. It’s a film about innovation, wind engineering and visionary collaborations. It's a film about Robertson, the pacifist/activist and his fight for human rights. And finally, it’s a film about the woman engineer who loved and emboldened him, expanded his worldview and ultimately saved him.

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