Subject: ADFF Newsletter NY Festival Programs Part 1


Dear Friend,

The Festival begins on Thursday. We will have 12 film programs, four panel discussions, and architectural driving tours in the new Audi A8.  Below are just some of the exciting film programs on offer.

Program 01 The Vignellis
Thursday, October 18 @ 9:15 PM - purchase tickets
Thursday, October 18 @ 9:30PM - purchase tickets 
Sunday, October 21 @ 9:30PM - purchase tickets 

 - an intimate documentary on Lella & Massimo Vignelli, two of the most influential designers in the world. Throughout their career, the Vignelli’s motto has been, “If you can’t find it, design it.” There will be a Q&A following each screening.
Program 02 Culture Statements
Friday, October 19 @ 9:15PM - purchase tickets 
Sunday, October 21 @ 7:30PM - purchase tickets 

Featuring the NY Premiere of the Dutch film,
MISSION STATEMENTS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF DUTCH DIPLOMACY by Architect/Filmmaker Jord den Hollender. The film explores how the Netherlands promotes its architects by having prominent Dutch architects build their striking international embassies. There will be a Q&A following both screenings with the filmmaker.

Two imaginative shorts bookend this program; 
PARAISO, about window washers in Chicago, and MACHINE FOR LIFE, which looks at the self-contained world of a 375 sq. ft apartment.
Program 10 Partners 24/7
Saturday, October 20 @ 7:00PM - purchase tickets 
Sunday, October 21 @ 9:45PM - purchase tickets 

The work of the acclaimed Australian husband and wife team, architect Robert McBride and interior designer Debbie Ryan, is fantastically innovative, yet relatively unknown here in the states.
LIFE ARCHITECTURALLY observes the complex balance of how they work together. This feature is shown alongside two short films, JEANNE GANG: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, featuring Jeanne Gang and her husband, a lesser known, but critical part of Studio Gang, and DAEYANG GALLERY & HOUSE, a look at the magnificent multi-disciplinary creation by Steven Holl.
Program 06: The Public Realm
Saturday, October 20 @ 7:15PM - purchase tickets 
Sunday, October 21 @ 5:00PM - purchase tickets 

Checkerboard films has crafted an exquisite film giving an insider’s view of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s recent and incredibly successful reinterpretations of two of the most important public spaces in New York City, Lincoln Center and the High Line. Screenings will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper. This program includes two compelling shorts about public art:
CANOPY + CONNECTION: UNITED VISUAL ARTISTS, which looks at a public art project in Toronto, and WATER FROM ABOVE about the iconic NY Water Tanks.
Program 04 Visionaries
Saturday, October 20 @ 3:00PM - purchase tickets 
Sunday, October 21 @ 3:00PM - purchase tickets 

In MENDELSOHN’S INCESSANT VISIONS, Israeli director Duki Dror tells the remarkable story of architect Erich Mendelsohn’s  journey from creating the expressive masterpiece,  Einstein Tower to leaving Nazi Germany in order to plant the seed of modernism in Israel, then coming to the United States. The story is intimately told through the letters between Mendelshon and his wife. There will be a Q&A directly following each screening with director.

The Visionaries program continues with two short films - THE INVISIBLE BICYCLE HELMET, about the making of a special bicycle helmet, and BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP - a relationship between buildings.  
Audi Architectural Driving Tour
Audi is offering you this exclusive opportunity to explore the details of the critically acclaimed A8 against the backdrop of the best in New York City architecture. The tour is designed by Municipal Art Society, who will also be supplying the guides.  Audi will be hosting architecture tours for two days during the Festival. Each tour will last 20 minutes and Product Specialists will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Please note that you must be at least 25 years old to participate and are welcome to bring a guest. After completing the driving tour, participants will receive complimentary tickets to the film festival. To Sign Up Click Here
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panel 01: Conversation with Massimo Vignelli

Celebrated brand strategist and designer, Michael Donavan leads a discussion with his longtime friend, Massimo Vignelli, iconic designer of the NYC transit map and graphic designer, Martin Pederson, about design and inspiration.

Michael Donovan, Brand strategist and Designer, Founder
Donovan/Green, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Asphalt Media, Partner EQ Media
Massimo Vignelli, Designer, Co-Founder Vignelli Associates
Martin Pederson, Graphic Designer

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Panel 02: In The Public Realm

Some of the most important architecture in the world lies within the public sphere. Architectural journalist, Susan Stephens, and zoning consultant, Michael Parley, join architects Charles Renfo and Claire Weisz, who are working on renowned public projects such as the High Line and the reconstruction of Astor Place.

Susan Stephens, Deputy Editor, Architectural Record
Charles Renfro, Architect & Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Claire Weisz, Architect, Urban Designer & Founder, WXYarchitecure + urban design
Michael Parley, Zoning Consultant 

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Panel 03: Architecture as Diplomat: Embassies and What They Communicate

Should embassies try to fit in to their foreign environment, or should they be an expression of the countries they represent? What is the right balance between security and design? Eric Kenue, head architect of the American embassy in Beijing, Dutch architect and documentary filmmaker, Jord den Hollander and architectural historian Jane Loeffler, join designer Frances Halsband to delve into these questions.

Frances Halsband, Architect, designer, educator, partner of Kliment, Halsband Architects
Eric Kenue, Architectural Historian and Architect, SOM Chicago
Jord den Hollander, Architect/Filmmaker MISSION STATEMENT
Jane Loeffler, Author

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Panel 04: 16 Acres +

What happened after the World Trade Center came down? This panel expands on the film 16 ACRES to look at the political, economical, emotional and architectural struggle that surrounds Ground Zero.

Rick Bell, Executive Director of New York, American Institute for Architects
Holly Leicht, Executive Director, New Yorkers For Parks -
Mark Ginsberg, Founding partner, Ginsberg Architects LLP
Petra Todorovich, RPA – Director of America 2050

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