Subject: ADFF:2020 - Announcing Fall Films

September 29, 2020

This year's fall festival, like so many things in 2020, will be unlike any of our previous festivals. Unfortunately, we can’t gather to see the films in the theater, or enjoy drinks in the lounge while catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. But as they say, the show must go on!

Two of the biggest challenges of producing a film festival is that it’s limited to the number of times that a film can be screened — and usually has to be in a major city. This year we have an exciting opportunity: Every film we’ve curated for ADFF:2020 will be available to anybody, anytime in the United States and Canada. During the two-week time period, you can watch any film whenever you want — perfect for night owls and early birds alike! The festival will run through the Thanksgiving holiday, so while you're home with family and friends you can watch a few amazing design films together.

I want to thank all of our sponsors who remain committed to helping us bring these inspiring films to all of you during these challenging times. And, a special thank you to our presenting sponsor Eventscape.

Looking ahead to 2021, we envision this new virtual festival as an enhancement to our “in theater” festivals when they resume next year. ADFF will once again run our well-attended and popular festivals in NY, DC, LA, Vancouver, Toronto, and other cities. Each season, when the live events are concluded, we will offer a virtual festival, too. This is just another way ADFF is committed to creating opportunities for more people to see these incredible films about architecture and design.

Kyle Bergman
ADFF Founder and Director

About ADFF:2020

How to watch
On your computer, Apple TV or Roku. We recommend the largest screen you have!

On sale starting October 15th. There will be early-bird discount prices until Nov 1.
Sixteen film programs; each program will have a feature film or a program of short films.
Before each program there will be a introduction about the film, and Q&A’s with the filmmakers after the film.

Ticket Prices
General Admission: $10
Fistful (5 films): $40
All-access (One pass for each film program): $110
Gift certificates also available online

One of the many benefits of ADFF:2020 is that all films are BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own popcorn).

Some of the Films Making Their North American Premiere
Tokyo Ride
2020 / 90 min / France and Japan
Directors: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine

Tokyo Ride is a charming freeform portrait of Ryūe Nishizawa, one of Japan’s most influential architects and partner at the renowned architectural firm SANAA. While on a road trip throughout Tokyo with Nishizawa, the two filmmakers discover the temples, restaurants, cafes and houses he designed and discuss life in the city, Japanese culture and European history, film, music, and the process of turning an idea into a building.

The complete work of this iconic filmmaking duo, including Tokyo Ride, has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for its permanent collection.

Making A Mountain
2020 / 55 min / Denmark
Directors: Rikke Selin and Kaspar Astrup Schröder

This "cinematic construction site symphony" follows Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) through the uphill battles and processes of conceiving, planning and building the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. Known for its iconic ski slope, which sits directly on top of the plant, this award-winning project combines modern waste management infrastructure with spectacular architecture and a recreational urban space. Making a Mountain takes viewers behind the scenes, starting from the plant’s visionary beginnings to the abrasions from the artificial snow, to the first trip down the back slope.

Richard Leplastrier: Framing the View
2020 / 80 mins / Australia
Director: Anna Cater

Richard Leplastrier is regarded by Glenn Murcutt and others as one of Australia’s finest architects, yet he’s anything but a household name and almost unknown in North America. Shunning the limelight, he tucks himself away in his one-room home in a remote estuary north of Sydney — reachable only by boat. Leplastrier is an architect’s architect while refusing to play the media game and not interested in notoriety. While he designs beautifully-crafted houses for his clients, his own lifestyle is closer to camping.

This documentary follows the very private but charismatic Leplastrier as he designs the Blackheath house that epitomizes what he has learned over 50 years and the influence of his mentors, namely the Danish architect Jorn Utzon with whom he worked during the design and construction of the Sydney Opera House.

The Arch
2020 / 103 mins / Italy
Director: Alessandra Stefani

Taking the guise of a contemporary explorer, an Italian architect named Dada leads us through a globe-trotting exploration with today’s leading architects who serve as oracles of our time, revealing how the fate of humanity is shaped through the medium of architecture.

These conversations provide Dada with new perspectives and raise many new questions about the future role of architecture: Will future architects be able to adapt to the challenges of a more crowded planet, and are we, as humans, capable of building a livable future? In Dada's attempt to find answers, the architects he talks with ultimately lead us to re-discover lost meaning and think about what really matters.

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