Subject: ADFF Newsletter October 2, 2018

October 2, 2018

The 10th Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival opens October 16th in New York City for six days. Opening night will be at SVA Theatre with the world premiere of Leaning Out. From October 17-21 ADFF will have five theatres showing 16 unique programs with a total of 33 films. If you are planning on seeing a few films or coming with friends, take advantage of our ticket packages — a Fist Full (5 tickets)or a Baker's Dozen (13 tickets). Most screenings have one CEU credit available and there are five great speaker panels and many Q&A's following the screenings. The ADFF Lounge has a RIzzoli pop-up store, Vitra Furniture Exhibit, Sony 4K projectors showing short films, Furniture by Suite NY and a pop-up bar to make it even more fun. 
Some of the ADFF:NY 2018 Festival Films
Leaning Out 
Directors: Basia and Leonard Myszynski
2018 / 59 min / USA 
World Premiere

Program 1 - Opening Night
10/16 @ 7:30 w/ Q&A
10/19 @ 6:45
10/20 @ 7:30

We selected this film for opening night because it's a perfect example of the type of film ADFF is looking for — something that combines the power of design with a human story. Leaning Out is the story of Leslie E 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.

Director: Gary Hustwit
2018 / 70 min / USA 

Program 6
10/18 @ 9:00 w/ Q&A
10/19 @ 7:15 w/ Q&A

Gary Hustwit has done it again and directed another great design film that will surely be included with his canon of essential design films including Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. Rams is a portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability and the future of design. Rams is best known for his iconic work with Braun and furniture with Vitsoe. The film leaves you thinking about what is good design. Gary Hustwit will be on-hand after each screening for a Q&A.
Director: Premjit Ramachandran
2009 / 74 min / India
NY Premiere

This year's Pritzker Prize winner was Balkrishna Doshi, so it was the perfect time to bring this film to ADFF for its NY premiere. The film introduces us to a great modern architect, and an evolved, cultured human being... and helps direct our attention to the truly important questions of our time.

Having a conversation with Doshi is to immediately understand his appeal and the reasons for his unique success. Not only is his work as an architect seminal but his contributions to academia through the setting up of the School of Architecture in Ahmedabad and his own Vastu-Shilpa Foundation are unparalleled.

Gaming the Real World
Director: Anders Eklund
2016 / 73 min / Sweden 

Program 11
10/19 @ 9:15
10/20 @ 9:15
10/21 @ 4:30

Can games change the world? Today public spaces and entire cities are being designed, planned and played through the medium of games. The result of this “civic gamification” is that city architecture and urban planning are being democratized. Cities have become ground zero for digital innovation and the debate about how our cities evolve has suddenly gone viral.

The Power of the Archive
Director: Francesca Molteni
2018 / 45 min / Italy 
US Premiere

Program 7
10/17 @ 9:30
10/19 @ 9:15
10/20 @ 7:00 w/ Q&A

The Power of the Archive is a deep dive into how the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) saves their work and how it puts the archive to use as a collective knowledge base for the firm. All of the iterations leading to the final design are carefully archived. A fascinating look at part of the RPBW that most people don't get to see.
Built to Last – Relics of Communist Era Architecture
Director: Haruna Honcoop
2017 / 59 min / Czech Republic 

Program 10
10/17 @ 9:15
10/19 @ 8:45
10/20 @ 2:30

This is one of three films in this year's program made by Czeck filmmakers.

Built to Last is a series of ten short experimental films exploring the fate of grand Soviet-style buildings and monuments erected during the Communist era (1945-89) in Central and Eastern Europe. The film mixes and fuses the past and present conditions of administrative buildings, museums, monuments, working class homes, communist party headquarters, hotels, and panel housing projects. The series of vignettes examines the changes in public attitudes to these relics of our recent past, which were built with the intention that they would last forever.

Frank Gehry: Building Justice
Director: Ultan Guilfoyle
2018 / 70 min / USA 
World Premiere

Program 4

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.

Don't miss the panel following the Friday, October 19th screening. Wendy Goodman from New York Magazine will moderate a discussion with the director Ultan Guilfoyle, the author Susan Burton, and the architect Trattie Davies.

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