Friday, February 23, 2018

ADAFF PROGRAM 1: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM: $20


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Ode To Concorde
Runtime: 9 minutes
Directed By: Chris Purcell
Country: UK


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Ode to Concorde is a celebration of one of the most iconic and inspiring technological achievements of the 20th Century. In keeping with Concorde’s beautiful lines and artistry, Ode to Concorde is a poetic documentary, comprised entirely of all new and specially created imagery that seeks to make the viewer see this plane through fresh eyes. Accompanying these visuals are the evocative insights from test pilots, aircrew, designers, artists and celebrity passengers, whose admiration and pride for this aircraft is palpable and infectious. Two years in the making, using bespoke CG modeling and recreation sequences, the filmmakers have managed to get Concorde flying again… in a manner of speaking.

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Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature. Just released, the first film of a forthcoming 2 part series explores Frey’s early life and work in Europe to his New York architectural accomplishments in the 1930’s, including the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, features of the New York Museum of Modern Art and in Palm Springs, the Kocher-Samson Building. It outlines his collaborative efforts with architects including Le Corbusier, A. Lawrence Kocher and John Porter Clark. The film contains never-before published archival imagery, as well as breathtaking architectural footage.

ADAFF PROGRAM 2: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: $12


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Marmol & Radziner Design Giants
Runtime: 10 minutes
Directed By: Cindy Allen
Country: USA


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You know their most iconic restoration in Palm Springs, the 1946 Desert Kaufmann House designed by Richard Neutra, but there is much more to this amazing duo.

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East End Masters Of Modernism: Harry Bates & Paul Masi

Runtime: 11 minutes
Directed By: Cindy Allen
Country: USA


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Harry Bates has defined East End architecture for decades; his protégé & partner is taking their signature style into the future. Interior Design’s Cindy Allen leads us through the history of Bates+Masi, and their iconic Hamptons homes.

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LARSENWORLD: LongHouse in East Hampton

Runtime: 23 minutes
Directed By: Edgar Howard
Country: USA


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A portrait of the legendary textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen, chronicling the many facets of his career and dreams, culminating in the creation of his sublime 16-acre LongHouse reserve and sculpture garden located in East Hampton, NY. Featuring works from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, and William de Kooning to name a few, LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms and its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life.

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Inside Piano: The Power of Silence

Runtime: 33 minutes
Directed By: Beka & Lemoine Allen
Country: France/Italy


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A visit throughout the prototype building of the Centre Pompidou. An immersion in the soundproof world of a submarine floating in the depths of the Parisian underground. A journey aboard a luminous magic carpet of a highly sophisticated architectural machine.

ADAFF PROGRAM 3: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: $12


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A Spa. Architecture of Zawodzie
Runtime: 30 minutes
Directed By: Ewa Trzcionka
Country: Poland


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The post WWII, midcentury (1959-1970) spa district of Zawodzie (Ustroń, Poland) was designed by a duo of renowned Silesian architects – Henryk Buszko and Aleksander Franta. This film discusses the issues of who should have the power over the landscape and how to be responsible for the heritage as a common good.

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Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion

Runtime: 78 minutes
Directed By: Matthew Silva
Country: USA


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The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, now sits as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the 1960s. The film tells the story of Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, including the years of neglect and the recent growing advocacy efforts to save and re-purpose the structure.

ADAFF PROGRAM 4: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM: $12


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Koolhaas Houselife
Runtime: 54 minutes
Directed By: Beka & Lemoine
Country: Italy/France


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What happens to a house designed by a Starchitect? How is it maintained, how does it age? What problems could there be? Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture, the House in Bordeaux, designed in 1998 by Rem Koolhaas/OMA. The film lets the viewer enter into the house’s daily intimacy through the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building. The film derives its humorous scenes more from the impact which results when two worlds collide with each other. Pungent, funny and touching.

ADAFF PROGRAM 5: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM: $15-$25


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Columbus
Runtime: 95 minutes
Directed By: Kogonada
Country: USA


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Feature film debut by Writer/ Director Kogonada. Starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson and Parker Posey. When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. The relationships between each of the characters are imbued with warmth and humanity. The filmmaking — featuring the city’s modernist landmarks, designed by the likes of Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei — is simply gorgeous.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

ADAFF PROGRAM 6: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM: $12


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Brasilia: Life After Design
Runtime: 88 minutes
Directed By: Bart Simpson
Country: Brazil, U.K., Canada


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The remote city of Brasília, the capital of Brazil, is a mythical place — a concrete utopia spawned out of the desert. In 1956 at the rebirth of Brazilian democracy, visionary architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Lúcio Costa invented an urban plan and structures that would attempt to micromanage the daily activity of human life. The unabashed goal was to create the space that would birth ‘the new Brazilian citizen”. Now the stark beauty of the city acts as a backdrop to isolation, changing values, and the dynamic power and politics of today’s Brazil. An extremely fascinating film about people who live in painful disharmony with one of the most beautiful cities the world has ever seen. Creating Scotland and Documentary present a Lowik Media and Aconite Productions Film.

ADAFF PROGRAM 7: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: $12


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Cinecitta On Wheels
Runtime: 4 minutes
Directed By: Inti Caraboni
Country: Italy


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A wild ride inside the famous film studios, where architecture is permanent as well as newly manufactured, depending on the story. Skate through the Rationalist architecture of the ‘Factory of Dreams’, as Fellini used to call it, riding from the medieval city of Assisi, to the 1930’s streets of New York City, to a full-size replica of ancient Rome.

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Human Face
Runtime: 14 minutes
Directed By: Aline Pimental
Country: Brazil


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By giving meaning to each and every mark on his sculptures, artist Kazuhiro gives meaning to his own life. Experiencing what is behind every wrinkle of time on the human face, transforms a superficial mask into a window to the soul.

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No Further Instructions

Runtime: 69 minutes
Directed By: Francisco Gonzalez
Country: Mexico


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The award winning Japanese architect, Toyo Ito, designed the International Baroque Museum in Puebla, Mexico. He is well known for his majestic buildings in Europe and Asia that rise with nature, inspired by geometry and complex shapes that could belong in a fantasy. Nobody knew how to build this project until a team of Mexican constructors accepted the challenge, after two years of searching for someone capable. It was necessary to invent a construction process and to improvise extraordinary solutions in order to achieve the goal in only 27 weeks. A fascinating look into the complicated construction process of an intricately designed structure.

ADAFF PROGRAM 8: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM: $12


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Infinite Happiness
Runtime: 85 minutes
Directed By: Beka & Lemoine
Country: France, Italy


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Is it an awesome piece of art conceived in madness? A social experiment? Copenhagen’s “8 House”, an ultramodern figure-8 loop of apartments created by architect Bjarke Ingels, reinvents the concept of “home”. It’s 500 residents can traverse all nine floors by bike, come face to face with cows and sheep, hike on the lush green roof, all while their kids attend kindergarten on the ground floor. This exuberant documentary profiles the (mostly) happy residents, offering a hopeful, inspired picture of communal living by design. Beka and Lemoine construct a collection of life stories all interconnected through their personal relationships with the building, which allows the viewer to discover the building through an internal and intimate point of view – all while questioning the architecture’s ability to create collective happiness.

ADAFF PROGRAM 9: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM: $12


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The Origin Of Stripes
Runtime: 3 minutes
Directed By: Claire Dub
Country: USA


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Under Magnitude, the most recent permanent structure from MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, evolves the art + architecture studio’s invention of a topological-walking stripe-based material system: ‘structural stripes.

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Houdini of Design: Patrick Jouin

Runtime: 11 minutes
Directed By: Cindy Allen
Country: USA


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Just as the legendary escape artist would extricate himself from seemingly impossible situations, Jouin likes to work within a set of almost improbable parameters. The Paris-based designer is not only considered to be one of France’s most acclaimed, he is also one of the most versatile. From cooking tools to Vegas clubs, Jouin’s stellar products and interiors dot the city of lights and beyond, illuminating design innovations and finding new uses for avant-garde technology. Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design magazine, traverses Jouin’s bewitching design feats in this documentary produced for his induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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Fish Out of Water: Paola Navone

Runtime: 10 minutes
Directed By: Cindy Allen
Country: USA


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For over 30 years, Paola Navone’s unique architecture, interiors, furniture, textiles and installations have impacted the design community- from the Italian avant-garde to the general public. This short biopic introduces her boundless creative output, through interviews and tours with Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design Magazine, for Navone’s induction in the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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Stan Bitters: Modern Primitive

Runtime: 9 minutes
Directed By: Francesca Di Amico & Claudia Unger
Country: USA


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Local locations like the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs show how Stan’s work is a staple of the Midcentury Movement from an artist working since the 1950’s to today. Its quite possible that more people have seen work by Bitters than they have famous pieces of art, because they grace the walls of our churches, banks, and schools across the country. We pass by them everyday. The film is a study of contrasts of a reserved man, whose work, much like Jackson Pollack’s, is the culmination of physical battle with his preferred medium, clay.

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A Life’s Work

Runtime: 17 minutes
Directed By: Ben Spilling
Country: UK


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This is a spiritual discovery. One in which explores how creativity can contribute to forging who we are, through the eyes of fine furniture maker and author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters, The Education of a Craftsman Peter Korn. We explore Peter’s life, and ideas formed from years at the workbench. We contemplate his theories with other established craftsman, that craft or creative expression contributes to self-transformation. Are we ever the same person after a creative journey?

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I Am Known As An Artist, Wharton Esherick

Runtime: 41 minutes
Directed By: Carolyn Coal
Country: USA


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Disinterested in conventional society, Wharton Esherick moved to rural Chester County outside Philadelphia in 1913, where he pursued the life of a painter only to discover his passion for wood. Over time he abandoned painting altogether, opting to produce furniture in his studio one piece at a time for the next 55 years. Today, Wharton Esherick is known as the ‘Dean of American Craftsman’ and his furniture pieces now sell at auction for upwards of well over $100,000. Collectors remark that Esherick’s greatest talent was creating pieces that were both beautiful and functional.

ADAFF PROGRAM 10: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: $12


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BIG Time
Runtime: 90 minutes
Directed By: Kaspar Astrup Schroder
Country: Denmark


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Receiving critical acclaim in screenings around the world, the new documentary BIG Time gives us exclusive access into the life of one of the world’s most successful architects, Bjarke Ingles (Bjarke Ingles Group, BIG) and it’s impact on his personal life and health. We are allowed to get all the way into his personal space, to get a look under the surface, not only into his professional brain, but to his intimate one as well. While Bjarke’s life may seem carefree and glamorous on the surface, this film will unveil some of the challenges that come along. A film not to be missed. A film that appeals to the general public, as well as lovers of the arts and architecture.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

ADAFF PROGRAM 11: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM: $20


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Sinatra In Palm Springs – A Place He Called Home
Runtime: 92 minutes
Directed By: Leo Zahn
Country: USA


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Sinatra in Palm Springs explores Frank Sinatra’s deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, his primary home for almost 50 years. The just released film captures the spirit of the Sinatra era and pays tribute to the unique lifestyle of Sinatra’s Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. Steeped in affection and appreciation for the deep bond between Sinatra and these beguiling desert towns, ‘Sinatra in Palm Springs’ tells the story of a man whose generosity and compassion for his fellow citizens had no bounds. He loved the desert and its people. He loved the local restaurants and bars. His best friends lived nearby. Featuring interviews with Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Nelda Linsk, Bruce Fessier, Trini Lopez and Michael Fletcher, and others who knew and lived and played with Sinatra.

ADAFF PROGRAM 12: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: $12


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Painted City
Runtime: 27 minutes
Directed By: Caitlan Carroll
Country: USA


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Painted City explores the history of Washington, D.C.’s community murals and the preservation issues they face in rapidly changing neighborhoods, by following one local woman’s efforts to study and conserve them.

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KOBUTO

Runtime: 38 minutes
Directed By: Peter Behrbohm
Country: Germany


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KOBUTO is probably the best-known building in Berlin-Kreuzberg, creating the most lively diverse and most disputed neighborhood of the whole city. Twice the massive concrete complex was to be torn down and for the last 30 years every May Day demonstration climaxes here. Even a bomb attack shook the building in the 1980s. Yet scarcely anybody knows about the hundreds of strangely delicate drawings, which show the building as the center of another city that was about to replace Kreuzberg. The sketches are in search of architecture as some kind of creature that crawls over the existing city – groping and altering its surroundings sitting up and jumping over streets and diving into expressways. This bestial concrete structure was lying in wait for an ambitious Autobahn planning that was never realized.

ADAFF PROGRAM 13: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM: $12


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BIG Time

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Runtime: 90 minutes
Directed By: Kaspar Astrup Schroder
Country: Denmark


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Receiving critical acclaim in screenings around the world, the new documentary BIG Time gives us exclusive access into the life of one of the world’s most successful architects, Bjarke Ingles (Bjarke Ingles Group, BIG) and it’s impact on his personal life and health. We are allowed to get all the way into his personal space, to get a look under the surface — not only into his professional brain, but into his intimate one as well. While Bjarke’s life may seem carefree and glamorous on the surface, this film will unveil some of the challenges that come along. A film not to be missed. A film that will appeal to the masses as well as lovers of the arts and architecture.

ADAFF PROGRAM 14: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM: $12


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Experimenting Architecture: Hagy Belzberg
Runtime: 11 minutes
Directed By: Cindy Allen
Country: USA


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Santa Monica based architect and designer, Hagy Belzberg, uses materials and technology that are spawning new strategies in modern architecture, and led to his 2014 induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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Glenn Murcutt – Spirit Of Place

Runtime: 58 minutes
Directed By: Catherine Hunter
Country: Australia


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A new film exploring the life and work of Australia’s most internationally recognized architect and Pritzker Prize winner, Glenn Murcutt. With a trove of international awards, Glenn Murcutt has literally put Australian architecture on the world map. And yet, by choice, he has never built outside his own country. Glenn’s focus instead has been the creation of energy-efficient masterpieces perfectly suited to their environment and his breakthrough designs have influenced architects around the world. This documentary follows Glenn Murcutt, now 80 years old, as he designs his most ambitious project to date – a mosque for an Islamic community in Melbourne.