Subject: Sneak peek for 2019/2020 season

August 22, 2019

After previewing over 350 film submissions and selecting about 25, we have curated a wide range of exciting film programs for the upcoming season. The films explore the life and work of great architects and planners, and their impact on communities and the industry. In addition, there will be lively conversations on a variety of pertinent topics — education in architecture and design, designing great communities, housing issues, and the political forces that shape our built environment, to name a few.
The Architecture & Design Film Festival NY will be October 16 - 20 at both the SVA Theatre and Cinepolis Chelsea on 23rd Street. For opening night, we’ll show the world premiere of The New Bauhaus. The closing night film on Sunday, October 20th will be the US premiere of City Dreamers . On Saturday, Oct 19, we’re working with AIA to host a boat tour based on the film Gateways to New York. 
The New Bauhaus
Director: Alysa Nahmias
2019 / 85 min / USA 
Opening Night Film - World Premiere 

As the Nazis took over Germany, many of the displaced Bauhaus masters found refuge in the United States. In 1937, László Moholy-Nagy emigrated to Chicago to start the New Bauhaus.

The school was far from successful initially, but through its various incarnations, Moholy-Nagy and his New Bauhaus forever transformed design, photography and arts education in America and beyond.

The Man & The Architect - Jørn Utzon
Directors: Lene Borch Hansen, Anna von Lowzow
2018 / 58 min / Denmark 
USA Premiere

This documentary about Jørn Utzon tells the personal and emotional story of the world-renowned architect and his unique gift. Beside him stood the love of his life for 70 years, Lis, without whom he would not have become the architect and the man he was. 

His story is told by the people who were closest to him for decades: his children, close colleagues and friends, all of whom openly share their anecdotes and experiences. He inspired the people he worked with and he had a profound effect on their lives. The film is a portrait of a devoted humanitarian and a sensitive and loving soul.

Co-presented by the Danish Consulate General.

Gateways to New York
Director: Martin Witz
2018 / 88 min / Switzerland 
US Premiere

Gateways to New York is a story about the great Swiss structural engineer Othmar H. Ammann, who emigrated to New York in 1904 and redefined the art of bridge building in America. Ammann's own life, career, and breathtaking constructions were framed by the steady, dynamic acceleration of 20th century America — the roaring twenties, mass motorization, the Great Depression, war, suburbanization, and the economic boom that led to modern consumer society. In addition to his seminal George Washington Bridge — a beacon of modernity —Ammann's most important bridge projects around New York were the Bayonne Bridge, the Triborough, the Bronx-Whitestone, the Throgs Neck and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Othmar Ammann's life straddles the 19th century and the end of Classical Modernism, an era that he embodied in the truest sense of the word and which, as the most influential architect of steel bridges of his time, he fundamentally shaped.

Co-presented by Consulate General of Switzerland

ADFF will be making its debut in Canada with ADFF:Vancouver, November 7 - 10, 2019. Presenting sponsors are All In Pictures and Vancouver Special. ADFF:Vancouver will showcase films at two great venues, Vancity Theatre and the Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Films will be announced on September 16th and tickets go on sale October 4th.
ADFF will continue its Canadian excursion with the inaugural ADFF:Toronto, November 14 - 17, 2019. Along with a full lineup of the season’s films, the presenting sponsor will be the Toronto-based, globally renowned fabrication company, Eventscape. ADFF:Toronto will take place at the amazing TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater.

Films will be announced on September 16th and tickets go on sale October 11th.
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