Subject: ADFF NEWSLETTER 03_21_2012

Dear Friend,

The Architecture & Design Film Festival kicked-off its Chicago 2012 festival with a reception and film screening at Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Unity Temple. The evening's highlight was a fascinating short film on the creation of another of Frank Lloyd Wright's religious buildings, the temple Beth Shalom, and his unusually close relationship with the synagogue's Rabbi, Mortimer Cohen.  The film, Beth Shalom – an American Synagogue was followed by an informative talk-back with the film's director, James Sanders.

Dirk Lohan, Zurich Esposito, Kyle Bergman, Michale Rosen Q&A after screening in Unity Temple Sanctuary
James Sanders during Q&A in Unity Temple after Screening of his film La Keish Anleek with Jessamyn Miller Unity Temple Restoration Foundation Director of Programs

Exterior of Unity Temple in Oak Park, March 15, 2012

In addition to the 31 films that will be screened over the course of the 5-day festival at the Music Box Theatre, ADFF offers festival-goers an opportunity to attend a series of panel discussions with architects, designers and filmmakers. The talks are free of charge and take place in the ADFF’s tent lounge at the Music Box Theatre


Architects as Filmmakers – Moderated by Sarah Herda, Executive Director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Panelists include Jord den Hollander and Ben Murray. 
Saturday, April 14, 3:30-4:30

Architect as Diplomat: Embassies and What They Communicate  Moderated by Victoria Lautman, well-known host of long-running programs on WFMT and SBEZ Radio and contributing editor for Chicago Magazine. Panelists include Jord den Hollander and Jane Loeffler.
Saturday, April 14, 5:30-6:30 

Erick Mendelsohn, Architect: Berlin, London, Jerusalem, San Francisco  Moderated by architect Michael Rosen. Michael’s firm is currently working on a new, four-story commercial/residential building in Chicago and the Stevanovich Center at the University of Chicago.Panelists include Robert Nevel and Kevin Harrington.
Sunday, April 15,3:30-4:30

The Edge of Gruen: Tracing the Influence of the Shopping Mall on the American Landscape Moderated by Lee Bey,is executive director of the Chicago Central Area Committee. Panelists include Peter Schlossman, Anthony Rubano and John Macsai.
Sunday , April 15, 5:30-6:30 


Q&As WITH FILM DIRECTORS (after the screening in the theaters)

Thursday, April 12
8:00 Unfinished Spaces (Program 01)
Q&A with director Benjamin Murray

Friday, April 13
7:15 – Mission Statements (Program 02)
Q&A with Director Jord den Hollander Director/Architect 

Saturday, April 14
– Architect of Dreams (Program 08)
Director Charlie Hoxie – Director of Passive Passion

3:15 – John Portman: A Life of Building (Program 11)
Q&A with Director Ben Loeterman

5:00 – Architect: A Chamber Opera in Six Scenes  (Program 03)
Q&A with Director Jenny Kallick

5:15  - Biophilic Design (Program 13)
Q&A with Director Bill Finnegan

Sunday, April 15
 Mission Statements (Program 02)
Q&A with Director Jord den Hollander Director/Architect

7:00 – Unfinished Spaces (Program 01)
Q&A with Director Benjamin Murray


This year we are adding a Pecha-Kucha evening in the tent on April 13 from 8:30 - 10:00 PM with Peter Excely - Principal of Architecture is Fun and Master of Ceremonies. Some of the presenters include:

Jord den Hollender – Architect/Filmmaker
Brad Lynch – Architect
Rujanee Mahakanjana  - Artist
Ben Murray – Filmmaker
Obi Nwazota - Architect
Paul De Santis – Architect