Subject: ADFF September 27 2016 Newsletter

September 27, 2016

It’s time to get out and see the best of this year’s architecture and design films from around the world, plus over 30 speakers at our Q&A’s and panels including Amy Lau, Eric Saarinen, Gary Hustwit, Piet Odoulf, Primo Orpilla, Wendy Goodman and many others. Hang out at our beautifully furnished festival lounge. It all takes place over five days at Chelsea Cinepolis Cinemas from September 28 - October 2.  Tickets are on sale now
Highlights of this week’s films
The Storyteller. After Walter Benjamin.  (World Premiere)
61 min / 2016 / Germany / Directed by Nathaniel Knop

Storytelling is a way of sharing experiences. Walter Benjamin has expressed the vanishing of the verbal form of storytelling in his 1936 essay, “The Storyteller”. Still, the desire for exchanging experiences exists. This film investigates the visual form of storytelling in today’s society. The selected protagonists are the architects Peter Eisenman and Nikolaus Hirsch, artists Özge Açikkol & Seçil Yersel, Simon Starling, Nikolay Polisski, fakir Lalu Baba, activist Ali Shamsher…and walrus hunter Boris Girgiroskyn.

Today’s storyteller, be it an artist or an architect makes visible and tangible for us that which remains inexistent for the media and the commerce.

Tickets Sept 29 @ 9:45  & Oct 1@ 2:30

Peter Behrens - A Pioneer in Architecture  (World Premiere)
33 min / 2015 / Germany / Directed by Alexander Lorenz
Peter Behrens was a versatile universal artist at the beginning of the 20th century, who was successful as a painter, architect, product designer and a pioneer for the development of New Objectivity and the emergence of the world-famous Bauhaus movement. Although self-taught, he became one of the most important representatives of industrial architecture during that time. This film portrays Behrens' development from the ornamentation of art nouveau to the objectivity of industrial architecture and shows many innovative creations and future-oriented approaches.

Q&A to follow with Director Alexander Lorenz
Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings 
(World Premiere)

60 min / 2016 / United Kingdom / Directed by Alexander Lorenz

Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings, directed by Sam Hobkinson, revisits key projects from Grimshaw Architects, an architectural firm with offices in London, Sydney, Melbourne and New York. From Sir Nicholas Grimshaw’s first scheme in 1967 through Bath Spa, Southern Cross Station, Eden Project and Fulton Center, we hear first-hand from the people who brought these buildings to life, and show the inspiration, design, and occasional trials and tribulations of delivering out-of-the-ordinary buildings.

Sept 30 Q&A to follow with Suzan S.Szenasy, Publisher/ Editor in Chief, METROPOLIS and Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw's Deputy Chairman

Workplace  (US Premiere)
77 min / 2016 / USA / Directed by Gary Hustwit
Workplace is a documentary about the past, present and future of the office. Hundreds of millions of human beings spend billions of hours in offices every day. How can we make them better places for people to work and collaborate? What’s the next wave of digital tools to connect the office, the city and the planet? How has the office evolved over the last 100 years? And do we even need offices anymore? Filmmaker Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized) follows the design and construction of the New York headquarters of R/GA, where the company and architects Foster + Partners explore the intersection of digital and physical space. Workplace is a look at the thinking and experimentation involved in trying to create the next evolution of what the office could be. Appearances by Bob Greenberg, Norman Foster, Nick Law, Barry Wacksman, Chris West, Julia Goldberg, Primo Orpilla, Nikil Saval, Amanda Carroll, and more.

Sept 30 @ 9:00 Q&A to follow with Gary Hustwit, Amanda Carroll, Primo Orpilla and Julia Goldberg
Oct 1 @ 7:45 Q&A to follow with Gary Hustwit
Bowlingtreff  (US Premiere)
61 min / 2015 / Germany / Directed by Thomas Beyer & Adrian Dorschner
Bowlingtreff tells the story of the first bowling alley in the city of Leipzig and an architectural portrait of one the only postmodern buildings in former East Germany. Postmodernism icon and 2016 AIA Gold Medal winner Architect Denise Scott Brown evaluates Bowlingtreff as a remarkable sign of the time anticipating the Zeitgeist of 1989 when people had the bravery to claim freedom through peaceful revolution started in Leipzig.

Tickets Oct 2 @ 6:30 Q&A to follow with Thomas Beyer & Adrian Dorschner
76 min / 2016 / USA / Directed by Una Lorenzen

Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers and structural designers into a visually striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.

Tickets Oct 1 @ 8:00 

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