Subject: ADFF Newsletter Oct 30 2017

Oct 30, 2017

The 9th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival starts this Wednesday, November 1st. We will screen 18 film programs which includes 34 feature-length and short films, four world premieres, six U.S. premieres, two New York premieres and two panel discussions.

Over 35 industry luminaries will be speaking at this year's festival including legendary architect Kevin Roche will be at ADFF for a Q&A after the film on his career; the co-founders of MASS Design, Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks will talk after the world premiere of Made in Ilima; the director of Columbus, Kogonada;  architect and critic Michael Sorkin will talk after Face of a Nation; and Cathleen McGuigan and Nicolai Ouroussoff will have a conversation after the screening of REMFor tickets, click here.
Made in Ilima - World Premiere
Nov 3 @ 9:00 Q&A with Architects Michael Murphy, Alan Ricks and Director Thatcher Bean Purchase Tickets
Nov 4 @ 7:30 Q&A with Director Thatcher Bean Purchase Tickets
Made in Ilima
Director: Thatcher Bean
2017/ 65 min / USA 

Screening with
Director: Brad Deal
2017 / 3 min / USA

In the center of Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ilima community remains one of the most isolated in the world. They have coexisted with endangered wildlife in their surrounding forest for generations, but as the pace of development has increased, this fragile ecosystem has suffered.

In 2012 they partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation and the architecture firm, MASS Design Group to create a new conservation focused [read more

SUPERDESIGN - World Premiere
Nov 4 @ 5:30 Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 4:30 Conversation with Director Francesca Molteni, co-curator Maria Cristine Didero, Evan Snyderman and Franco Audrito.  Moderated by Felix Burrichter. Purchase Tickets

Director: Francesca Molteni
2017 / 62 min / Italy

Screening with
Ford House
Director: Spirit of Space
2017 / 5 min / USA

SUPERDESIGN is a film about the Italian Radical Movement in architecture & design in the 1960’s and 70’s. Through the words and stories of people who were part of that movement, we retrace the history and the heritage of the movement. They take us back to that time when everything seemed possible.

The mid-1960s represented a revolutionary time when the need for change has spread everywhere in the Western world and has pervaded [read more]

Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse - World Premiere
Nov 4 @ 4:45 Q&A with Director Henrique Pina and Producers Maria Joao and Joao Miguel Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 5:00 Q&A with Director Henrique Pina and Producers Maria Joao and Joao Miguel Purchase Tickets

Aires Mateus: Matter in Reverse
Director: Henrique Pina
2017 / 65 min / Portugal 

Screening with
Ghost Story
Director: Sarah Elgart
2017 / 7 min / USA

The work of the architects at Aires Mateus clearly shows contemporaneity - in its complexity and contradiction - a difficult condition to express in the realm of architecture. The extent of the work that they've been developing for many years confirms this. Their proposals develop a language with a strong universal impact. From this universality emerges an adaptation to the territory rooted in a clear Portuguese tradition. [read more] 

Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair? - World Premiere
Nov 3 @ 8:30 Q&A with Architect Michael Sorkin, Director Mina Chow Purchase Tickets
Nov 4 @ 2:45 Q&A with Architect Michael Sorkin, Director Mina Chow Purchase Tickets

Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair?
Director: Mina Chow
2017 / 57 min / USA 

Screening with
The Future of Cities
Director: Oscar Boyson
2016 / 18 min / USA

A Little Alcove: San Francisco Navigation Center
Director: Julian Pham
2017 / 4 min / USA

Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs. For generations of Americans, World’s Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory. Mina Chow became fascinated with World’s Fairs when she saw pictures of her parents at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Beginning with their stories, Mina shares this legacy and the American values that inspired her to become an architect. [ Read More ]
Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect - U.S. Premiere
Nov 4 @ 4:15 Q&A with Architect Kevin Roche and Director Mark Noonan Moderated by Architect Kevin Kennon Purchase Tickets

Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect
Director: Mark Noonan
2017 / 81 min / Ireland 

Still working at age 95, Pritzker Prize-winning, Irish-American architect Kevin Roche is an enigma. He’s reached the top of his profession, but has little interest in celebrity and eschews the label “Starchitect”. Despite a lifetime of acclaimed work that includes the Ford Foundation, Oakland Museum of California and 40 years designing new galleries for The Metropolitan Museum in New York,[read more]

Building Hope: The Maggies's Centres - - U.S. Premiere
Nov 2 @ 7:15 Q&A with Director Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 2:30 Q&A with Director and Architect Chris McVoy Purchase Tickets

Building Hope: The Maggies's Centres
Directed: Sarah Howitt
2016 / 59 min / UK – US Premiere

Screening with
Community by Design: Skid Row Housing Trust
Director: Myles Kramer
2017 / 4 min / USA

This fascinating story of Maggie's, a unique cancer charity, began life in Edinburgh in 1996. In 1993, Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told she had three months to live. On hearing this devastating news she was left to sit on a plastic chair in a hospital corridor. The only place she could find to cry was a toilet cubicle. Her husband and co-founder Charles Jencks, said: [read more]

Integral Man - U.S. Premiere
Nov 3 @ 7:00 Q&A w/ Director Joseph Clement Purchase Tickets
Nov 4 @ 7:00 Q&A w/ Director Joseph Clement Purchase Tickets

Integral Man
Director: Joseph Clement
2016 / 62 min / Canada 

Screening with
Cabin at the River
Director: Silvia Zeitlinger
2017 / 8 min / Italy

After Euclid, Toronto’s Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world. Stewart spent a decade and a small fortune building the home of his dreams to reflect his two obsessions: curves and music. The completed home, called Integral House, provides him with both.

A stunning architectural gem of subtly curved wood and vast, evocative spaces, [read more] 

Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place  -  U.S. Premiere
Nov 1 @ 8:30 w/ Q&A  Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 7:00  Purchase Tickets
Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place
Director: Catherine Hunter
2017 / 59 min / Australia 

screening with:
A Room of their Own
2017 / 3 min / USA
Winner of  the People’s Choice Award from American Institute of Architects’ I Look Up Film Challenge 2017

Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place explores the life and art of Australia’s most famous living architect. Murcutt’s extraordinary international reputation rests on the beauty and integrity of his work. With a swag of international awards (including the prestigious Pritzker Prize) Murcutt has literally put Australian architecture on the world map. And yet, by choice, he has never built outside his own country. [read more] 

Dries - U.S. Premiere
Nov 3 @ 8:45 Purchase Tickets
Nov 4 @ 9:00 Purchase Tickets

Director: Reiner Holzemer
2017 / 90 min / Belgium, Germany 

Screening with
EX of In House
Director: Spirit of Space
2017 / 6 min / USA

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. [read more]

Program 4  The Diplomat, the Artist & the Suit
Nov 2 @ 9:45 Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 4:45 Purchase Tickets
The Diplomat, the Artist & the Suit
Director: Paul Goldman
2016 / 57 min / Australia 

Screening with
DeLightFuL – Design, Light, Future, Living
Director: Matteo Garrone
2016 / 9 min / Italy

We are invited into the extraordinary minds of Bill Corker, Barrie Marshall and John Denton, three intriguing and very different characters who have been friends since university. We learn how the trio formed Denton Corker Marshall and how their unique personalities and distinctive skills have coalesced into a unique working relationship that has created visionary buildings, not only in Australia but worldwide. Denton Corker Marshall has produced distinct, innovative [read more] 

The Neue Nationalgalerie - NY Premiere
Nov 2 @ 7:30 Q&A with Director Ina Weisse and Producer Felix von Boehm Purchase Tickets
Nov 4 @ 9:15 Purchase Tickets
The Neue Nationalgalerie
Director: Ina Weisse
2017 / 49 min / Germany 

Screening with
Starship Chicago
Director: Nathan Eddy
2017 / 16 min / USA

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is an epoch-defining structure by the architect Mies van der Rohe. It was 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 and Mies van der Rohe's grandchild Dirk Lohan, along with the architect David Chipperfield  [read more] 

Photo: Mies van der Rohe © Rolf Weisse

The Gamble House - NY Premiere
Nov 4 @ 1:30 Q&A with Producer Lori Korngiebel and Ted Bosley Purchase Tickets

The Gamble House
Director: Don Hahn
2017 / 58 min / USA

Screening with
Before Design: Classic
Directed by Matteo Garrone
2016 / 7 min / Italy

The Gamble House is the incredible story of brothers Charles and Henry Greene who were pushed by their forceful father into a career in architecture only to design and build the most seminal and stunning Arts & Crafts house in America. The house, however, did not come without its price, both personally and professionally, for the Greene brothers, [read more] 

Other Film Programs
Getting Frank Gehry
Nov 2 @ 9:30  Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 2:45  Purchase Tickets
Getting Frank Gehry
Director: Sally Aitken
59 min / 2015 / Australia

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. At first sight, the school will almost certainly shock anyone  [read more] 

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Nov 2 @ 9:15  Purchase Tickets
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
92 min / 2016 / USA

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs

The film highlights Jane Jacobs’ magisterial 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in which she single-handedly undercuts her era’s orthodox model of city planning, [read more]

Nov 3 @ 6:45 Conversation w Cathleen McGuigan and  Nicolai Ouroussoff  Purchase Tickets
Nov 4 @ 9:30  Purchase Tickets
Director: Tomas Koolhaas
2016 / 75 min / USA

Architecture is usually filmed from the outside, as an inanimate object. The few depictions of interiors are usually limited to still or static images of an empty building, reducing it to no more than an icon or sculpture. REM, the documentary by Rem Koolhaas's son, uses an unconventional approach [read more] 

Zaha: An Architectural Legacy
Nov 4 @ 2:00  Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 6:45  Purchase Tickets
Zaha: An Architectural Legacy
Directors: Jim Stephenson & Laura Mark
2017 / 27 min / UK

Screening with
Jean Nouvel: Reflections
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
2016 / 15 min / USA

Queen of Asbury Park
Director: Jillian Buckley
2017 / 10 min / USA

A year after Zaha Hadid died, this film takes a look at Zaha’s career and legacy through five chapters and buildings which signalled significant progressions in her work. The film takes us from her initial drawings and paintings while at the Architectural Association to her first built project at Vitra, then on to the Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI which secured her place in the architectural canon, then to the London Aquatics Centre – a building which made her known among the public – and finally finishing with the Maths Gallery at the Science Museum, completed just months after her death. [read more]

Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner
Nov 4 @ 3:30 Q&A with co-directors Catherine Ledner and Roy Beeson Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 3:00 Q&A with co-directors Catherine Ledner and Roy Beeson Purchase Tickets
Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner
Director: Catherine Ledner & 
Roy Beeson
2017 / 47 min / US

Screening with
Isay Weinfeld
Director: Jillian Buckley
2016 / 9 min / USA

A Choice to Make
Director: Eric Reinholdt & Trent Bell
2017 / 8 min / USA

This documentary is an in-depth exploration of an influential New Orleans modernist architect, whose buildings for the National Maritime Union in the 1960s are now iconic figures in the NYC landscape. The film follows Albert Ledner’s journey from post WWII student of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin to the present day where Ledner continues to work and innovate at the age of 93. With interviews and on-site tours of his buildings, Albert details his thoughts and personal inspirations for his varied and experimental designs.[read more]

Nov 4 @ 6:45 Q&A with Kogonada  Purchase Tickets
Nov 5 @ 7:15  Purchase Tickets
Director: Kogonada
2017 / 104 min / USA

Columbus is the 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. [read more]
Panel 1  Van Alen Sessions: Infrastructure on Film
Nov 2 @ 6:00  Purchase Tickets

Join Van Alen Institute for the world premiere of Season Three of the short documentary series Van Alen Sessions, exploring the capacity and limits of rapidly changing technology in cities at a time of increasingly automated infrastructure, illuminated through the expert insight of designers and engineers and the stories of everyday people. These new episodes give viewers an up-close examination of how revolutionary robotic maintenance systems and retrofitted underground waterways are making our cities more productive and environmentally efficient.

Following the screening of the two short films, join us for a fast-paced conversation that digs deeper into how some cities are changing the narrative of our nation's crumbling infrastructure while engaging local citizens, including Nicole Flatow, Editor, CityLab; Molly Heintz, Chair, School of Visual Arts MFA Design Research, Writing and Criticism; and Lucy Wells, Director, Van Alen Sessions. Moderated by Steven Thomson, Managing Producer, Van Alen Sessions and Programs and Communications Manager, Van Alen Institute.
Panel 2  What to do With 520 Miles of Coastline?
Nov 2 @ 6:00  Purchase Tickets
With 520 miles of coastline, New York is a city of islands and water. When local manufacturing declined in the mid-twentieth century, much of the city's shoreline fell into disuse and disrepair. Recently, New York has begun to reclaim this vital asset, cleaning up its waterways, reopening shoreline access, and building waterfront parks across the five boroughs. The work is part of an important larger trend in social awareness and a focus on public space in urban design.

Join Arup and ADFF for a screening of the short film From Pier to Pier: New York City’s New Backyard followed by a panel discussion with leading members of the city's waterfront and public space communities.

Francesca Birks: Leader of Foresight + Research + Innovation for Arup Americas

Captain Jonathan Boulware: Executive Director, South Street Seaport Museum
Nancy Choi: Arup, Senior Engineer
Archie Lee Coates IV: Co-founder and partner, PLAYLAB, INC;
Rob Holbrook: Director of Planning, New York City Economic Development Corporation NYCEDC

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