Subject: ADFF Newsletter March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018

Last night Poliform LA had a pre-festival sneak preview of Getting Frank Gehry in their showroom—to a full house! It's just a taste of what's coming to Los Angeles this week.
Dates: March 14-18
Location: 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles

Festival Highlights
Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder
2017 / 90 min / Denmark
March 14 Buy Tickets March 18 Buy Tickets

BIG TIME is the opening night film and will also be shown on March 18. 

An intimate insight into the life of a genius and his struggle to maintain his own persona while making the world a better place to live. BIG TIME follows star architect Bjarke Ingels over a period of six years while he is struggling to complete his largest projects yet, the New York City skyscraper VIA W57 and World Trade Center 2.

Director: Kogonada

2017 / 100 min / USA
March 17 Buy Tickets 

In over nine years of screening films, Columbus is first feature-length fiction film screened by ADFF.

With its naturalistic rhythms, its focus on architecture and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's Columbus unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin and Michelle Forbes, Columbus is also a showcase for the director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. 

Director: Reiner Holzemer
2017 / 90 min / Belgium & Germany
March 16 Buy Tickets March 18 Buy Tickets

For the first time, fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich home life. 

For an entire year Reiner Holzemer documents the precise steps that Dries takes to conceive of four collections - the rich fabrics, embroidery and prints exclusive to his designs … as well as the emblematic fashion shows that bring his collections to the world and have become cult “must sees” at Paris Fashion Week.

This film offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of a master fashion designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization. Original music by Colin Greenwood of Radiohead, and Matthew Herbert and Sam Petts-Davies.

The Experimental City
Director: Chad Freidrichs

2017 / 95 min / USA
March 17 Buy Tickets March 18 Buy Tickets

In the 1960s, frustrated by the growing problem of urban pollution, Athelstan Spilhaus, a visionary scientist and futurist comic strip writer, assembled a team of experts to develop a bold experiment: the Minnesota Experimental City (MXC). MXC would be the city of the future, a domed metropolis for 250,000 pioneering residents, built from scratch and using cutting-edge technology to prevent urban sprawl and pollution. Things didn’t quite go as planned, as explored in Chad Friedrichs’ fascinating look back at the would-be city of tomorrow.
Getting Frank Gehry
Director: Sally Aitken
2015 / 52 min / Australia
March 16 Buy Tickets March 17 Buy Tickets

The University of Technology, Sydney’s new business school, is Frank Gehry’s daring ‘Treehouse Project’, otherwise known as the 'crumpled brown paper bag’ to its critics. Designed to be radical inside and out, the building is sure to provoke conflicts for decades, and yet is highly likely to be hailed as a masterpiece of early 21st century architecture in time, just as so many of his other creations have already been.

The film follows the drama as Gehry’s vision for this commission is realized. Through the construction of this building, we examine his challenging work over a period of 40 years. Drawing on a life's work defined by controversial and ground-breaking ideas, the world's greatest architect has inaugurated his first Australian building — and debate still rages over whether it is eyesore or icon.

Panel Discussions:
Following the screening of Workplace, Edie Cohen of Interior Design will lead a discussion with Primo Ophelia of Studio O+A and Barbara Dunn, Studio Director, Principal of Gensler LA. Co-presented by Vitra and Interior Design. March 16 Buy Tickets

Following the screenings of Eye Over Prague & Breakpoint Marcel Náhlovsky of Lasvit, Frank Selsinski- President of American Society of Interior Designers LA,  will be on hand to discuss the craft of glass blowing and Czech design. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Edward Lifson. March 16 Buy Tickets

Following the Sci Arc screening of Short Films, the architect and professor Liam Young will will lead a discussion on connections between creating architecture and making films. March 16 Buy Tickets

Some of the people involved in post-screening Q&A's include:

Kirk Brown: Producer, Frey Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy
Mina Chow: Director, Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World’s Fair?
Joseph Clement: Director, Integral Man
Giulia Caruso: Producer, Columbus
João Miguel Couto Duarte: Producer, Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse
Catherine Ledner: Director, Designing Life
Edward Lifson: Journalist
Henrique Pina: Director, Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse

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