Subject: ADFF Newsletter January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019

The second annual ADFF:DC is scheduled for February 21-24 at the National Building Museum and will be presented by the Revada Foundation. We will be screening 25 fantastic films from 11 countries over four days. At the museum, we'll set up three theaters:
* The Pension Commissioner's Suite - transformed into an intimate 75-seat theater
* The Auditorium - accommodating 150 people
* The Great Hall's West Wing — with projection equipment supplied by SONY. The audio will be Silent Disco technology and the audience will be listening with wireless headphones. It's an amazing way to experience a film. The image below is from last year's ADFF:DC.
ADFF:DC — films and speakers include:
Frank Gehry: Building Justice
Director: Ultan Guilfoyle
2018 / 70 min / USA
Opening Night

Frank Gehry: Building Justice tells the story of 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. 

Following the screening will be a conversation with the film's director, Ultan Guilfoyle, and Susan BurtonGet tickets
Meow Wolf: Origin Story
Directors: Morgan Capps & Jilann Spitzmiller
2019 / 90 min / USA

When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion and tenacity. Within just a few short years—and with a little help from George R.R. Martin—Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibition House of Eternal Return.

In 2020 Meow Wolf will debut their next experience in Washington DC. After the screening, there will be a discussion with Meow Wolf's design director and the architect Anthony Guidio. Get tickets

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

This is the story of Leslie 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.

After the film, the National Building Museum's executive director, Chase Rynd, will talk with Leslie E Robertson and Sawteen See. Get tickets

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

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.

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.

After the screening, Dietrich Neumann, professor at Brown University and author of upcoming books on the Barclona Pavilion and a Meis biography, will have a conversation with architect and Director of Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) Susan Piedmont-Palladino. Get tickets

Also at ADFF:DC — SONY will set up a Sony Home Theatre for free screenings of short films. Some of the short films to be shown are:
Francis Kéré: An Architect Between
Director: Daniel Schwartz
2016 / 18 min / Germany & Switzerland

The work of Francis Kéré is at the forefront of a paradigm shift within design. Kéré is globally-renowned for using his craft to improve social, economic and political environments in his native Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, and in numerous other countries.

Globally, people are turning to designers to address intractable problems 
 from poverty to climate change. Kéré seeks to do just this, using a mix of low-tech and high design and working in partnership with the communities for whom he builds. This film documents several projects Kéré has built or begun in the past 15 years, and shows the architect in action between Burkina Faso and Germany, where he is attempting to build a community performance center for Syrian refugees. 

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon: Visions Not Previously Seen
Director: Christian Bruno, Kurt Keppeler & Natalija Vekic
2018 / 15 min / USA

A short documentary portrait of Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, the groundbreaking designer who fused Swiss modernism with an iconic and bold California pop aesthetic to create the design phenomena known as Supergraphics. At 89,  years old, Bobbie continues to produce bold, eclectic work both large and small. 

Operation Jane Walk
Directors: Leonhard Müllner and Robin Klengel
2018 / 20 min / Austria

Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter in Tom Clancy’s "The Division". The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation. While walking through the post-apocalyptic city, issues such as architecture history, urbanism and the game developer’s interventions into the urban fabric are discussed. The film explores the possibilities of new media technologies and shows new approaches towards the medium of documentary films.


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