Subject: ADFF Newsletter Aug 24

August 24, 2017

This fall, the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) will launch its 9th year. Below is a sneak peak of the films that will be shown at the Cinepolis Chelsea Theater at 260 West 23rd Street in New York, November 1-5, 2017. Tickets go on sale October 1st.

Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place
Director: Catherine Hunter
2017 / 65 min / Australia – US Premiere 

Opening night will feature the US premiere of a film depicting Australia’s most important modern architect and Pritzker Prize Laureate, Glenn Murcutt. The film shows many of his sublime houses and follows the design of his new Australian Islamic Center and a beautiful modern mosque in Melbourne scheduled to open soon.

Director: Tomas Koolhaas
2016 / 75 min / USA

REM explores Rem Koolhaas’s life, working methods, philosophy and internal landscape from a never before seen perspective of intimacy and immediacy. This inside perspective allows the viewer to understand Rem’s ideas in a way they couldn’t be experienced otherwise. Rem’s ideas are not merely explained as intellectual concepts, but are also demonstrated as ideas in practice – a reality that is grounded for viewers to visualize. Architectural theory materializes into concrete and metal. The film shows how these structures, some massive and some small from around the world, affect every aspect of the lives of the people that build them, use them and live inside them.

Director: Francesca Molteni
2017 / 67 min / Italy – World Premiere

The mid-1960s was a revolutionary time in which the need for change spread everywhere. SUPERDESIGN is a film about the Italian Radical Movement in architecture and design in the 1960’s and 70’s and retraces the history and heritage of the movement through the words and stories of people who were part of it. Some of the people featured in the film include Emilio Ambasz, industrial designer and former curator of design at MoMA; Franco Audrito of Studio 65; Lapo Binazzi, the founding member of UFO collective; and Adolfo Natalini, whom the NY Times recently called “The Mad Genius of Superstudio”.

The Neue Nationalgalerie
Director: Ina Weisse
2017 / 49 min / Germany – NY Premiere

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is an epoch-defining structure by the architect Mies van der Rohe. It opened in 1968, shortly after his death. Nearly 50 years later, the director Ina Weisse sets out to examine the period during which this unique edifice was constructed. She is the daughter of the architect Rolf Weisse, who once worked in the offices of Mies van der Rohe in Chicago. In numerous interviews with her father, Rolf Weisse, Mies van der Rohe's grandchild, Dirk Lohan, the architect David Chipperfield – who is commissioned with renovating the building – and others, Ina Weisse explores the question of how the Neue Nationalgalerie came into existence, and what sort of world view is brought into expression by Mies van der Rohe's building.
Other ADFF events happening this summer and fall
Aug 24-27

Our second annual ADFF:NOLA opens today with the opening night film premiere of Getting Frank Gehry. Other highlights include speaker Eric Saaranin, who will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening of Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future. On Friday, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Al Ledner will be present for the world premiere of Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner.
We are excited about our first ever festival in Montana! Tippet Rise is not only known for their classical music, but also amazing land art. In the film selection, we have included Leaning into the Wind, a new film about the British artist Andy Goldsworthy. We will also have a special panel about land art with artist Stephen Talasnik, whose work Satellite # 5, Pioneer 2016 can be seen at Tippet Rise, as well as the architect Déborah Mesa of Ensamble Studio, who has three monumental sculptures at Tippet Rise.      To Purchase Tickets

Rooftop Screening
Chicago Ace Hotel
September 26

I Look Up Film Challenge
2017 / Grand Prize Winner and First and Second Runner-up films.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will present the world premiere of the winning short films from the third annual
I Look Up Film Challenge. This year’s challenge called for films that highlight projects and architects that are helping to change communities for the better. AIA grand prize winning director will be on hand to receive an award.

Design That Heals
Directed by Alan Ricks and Thatcher Bean
2016 / 31 min / USA

Can a building help stem the tide of large epidemics? Haitian infectious disease specialist Dr. Jean-William Pape has dedicated much of his life to combating diarrheal diseases that harm and kill Haiti’s poor, many of whom lack access to clean water, toilets and latrines. In the midst of the world’s worst cholera outbreak in over a century, Dr. Pape challenged MASS Design Group to design a cholera treatment center where the construction process, as well as the finished building, could address the underlying structural and social conditions that allow cholera to thrive.

Followed by a Q&A with the architects Alan Ricks and Thatcher Bean of MASS Design.

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