Now in its fifth season, the Architecture and Design Film Festival is returning to the Big Apple. It is bringing with it 25 short and feature-length films about all things architecture, design, and filmmaking, not to mention engaging panel discussions involving leading figures in the industry. I have been attending the AD Film Fest for the past three years and very much look forward to attending this year’s festival. Whether you are a tourist, resident, or even an architect or designer, come join me. It’s a wonderful cultural experience that only comes once a year.
Running from October 16 to the 20th at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), the AD Film Fest will showcase 25 short and feature-length films, curated into 15 programs with 1-3 films in each program—plus a Q&A with the directors and producers following most of the screenings. In addition, there will be three panel discussions—the first concerning gentrification in Brooklyn on Saturday; the other two, on Sunday, deal with historical preservation and Russian modernism.
According to Festival Founder and Director Kyle Bergman, “Every year, we find that a theme naturally emerges from the film submissions, and this year’s focus is prominently on urbanism.” According to Mr. Bergman, the opening night film will be a “sneak preview” of The Human Scale by Danish filmmaker Andreas Dalsgaard, which tells the story of the legendary city planner, Jan Gehl, and his study of how humans interact within the urban landscape.
Other notable films include Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity, which examines the famous minimalist design style of Mr. Ando; The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert, a film by Lisa Scafuro that looks at Soleri’s legacy and “poses critical questions about mankind’s future and architecture in a world facing environmental, social and economic crises.”; Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation, which makes Gaudi’s masterpiece of gothic architecture the backdrop for a story about the process of creation (I’m particularly excited about this film since I had the chance to visit Barcelona and visit La Sagrada Família, one of the most amazing works of art I’ve ever seen); and, lastly, The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat, which tells the story of the famous house.
“We select films for the festival that are interesting to both the professional design community and for anybody who is interested in design,” says Mr. Bergman. “In fact our audience has always been about 50 percent from the general public.” Indeed, the AD Film Fest is a great chance for leading figures of architecture and design to interact with the public in an intimate environment like Tribeca Cinemas. Where else can you bump into the likes of Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for the New Yorker magazine, or legendary architects like Robert Venturi, while sipping a cocktail—the cinema has a full bar.
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Running October 19th to October 23rd at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, New York.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://adfilmfest.com/tickets.html
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