Subject: Architecture & Design Film Festival and Noguchi Museum

Dear Friend
This summer, the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) will collaborate with the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City to present films about architecture as part of the museum's "First Fridays" program. 

First Fridays at Noguchi
During summer months, the Museum will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. At 5:30, there will be free admission and a cash bar with wine and beer. 

Visitors can attend and participate in the "Center of Attention", an extended conversation with a Museum educator about a single work of art on view at the museum.  The discussion starts at 6 p.m., followed by a film series in the museum's video room. 
The film program, presented in collaboration with ADFF, begins at 7 p.m. The selected films (below) are from previous ADFF events and will be screened on July 6, August 3 and September 7.
July 6
Public Farm 1: 
The Making of an Urban Farm
Directed by Lilibet Foster (2010)
18 min; English
Entering MoMA PS1’s prestigious Young Architects Program competition enabled WORK Architecture Company and the firm’s founders, Dan Wood and Amale Andraos, to build their refreshing, ambitious—and winning—design for a giant, elevated, solar powered, self-irrigated, self-sufficient farm, sited in PS1’s large entrance-courtyard. This would provide the required outdoor party space for visitors to the museum, while bringing produce to the nearby community. The camera follows them as they tackle technical difficulties, clashing opinions, bad weather, and a tight deadline in order to succeed, all while becoming farmers.
Directed by Marcus Ricci and Soo Kim (2010)
20 min; English
Ghost is a two week design/build architecture program based in Kingsburg, Nova Scotia. For more than a decade, architect Brian Mackay-Lyons has led this workshop, bringing together architecture students, practicing architects, contractors, and a team of instructors from around the world. Fueled by Mackay-Lyons’s unique perspective on design, education, and execution, the group combines their collective knowledge and creativity in erecting the class project. The result is a truly meaningful and lasting experience.
August 3
Louis Le Roy:
Endless Work in Time and Space
Directed by Beate Lendt (2009)
14 min; Dutch with English subtitles

A portrait of the Dutch artist Louis L eRoy and his work the ecokathedraal (eco-cathedral) in a meadow in Mildam, in the north of Holland. Le Roy has been working on this project for more than three decades, creating structures by stacking paving bricks, stones, and other detritus as nature follows its own course around them. LeRoy discusses the philosophy behind this work and his idea of cities, nature, and the endlessness—and need for integration of—time and space.
Monument to the Dream
Directed by Charles Guggenheim (1967)
28 min; English
The Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen, is a beautiful, historic monument dedicated to the early pioneers who developed the West and the citizens who have contributed to the greatness of this country. Monument to the Dream traces the construction of the Arch from early concept on the draftsman’s drawing board to the fabrication of the stainless-steel sections in Pittsburgh and their subsequent cross-country journey to St. Louis, where foundations were being laid deep in bedrock. Feel the excitement of the onlookers on October 28, 1965, as the last section was put into place.

September 7
My Playground
Directed by Kasper Astrup Schröder  (2010)
59 min; Danish with English subtitles

My Playground explores the way Parkour and Freerunning are changing the perception of urban space and buildings. Set mainly in Copenhagen, the film follows Team JiYo as its members explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents. Award winning architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Architects, is fascinated by the way Team JiY interacts with architecture and takes the team to his buildings, to explore the structures and spaces and develop their skills The film also travels from Denmark to Japan, the United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where urban mobility is heading. Team JiYo has a dream of making the biggest dedicated parkour park in the world, but aren’t parkour and freerunning supposed to be in the city and not in a fixed environment? Director Kaspar Astrup Schröder  set out to more closely examine the way that traceurs (practitioners of Parkour) interact with architecture.