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Architecture & Design Film Festival:DC Returns to the National Building Museum January 6 – 8, 2022

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***ADFF:DC POSTPONED***

 

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL:DC  AT THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM POSTPONED DUE TO COVID CONCERNS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 21 — The Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF:DC), originally scheduled as an in-person event at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. from January 6 -8, 2022, has been postponed due to concerns about the escalating COVID pandemic.

Aileen Fuchs, President and Executive Director of the National Building Museum said, “We regret that we have to postpone the ADFF:DC but feel it is in the best interest for the health of our community. We want as many people as possible to experience these extraordinary films that spotlight innovation, leadership and critical community issues — like design and its impact on sustainability and social equity — that are signature topics in the Museum’s exhibitions and programming.  We will reschedule once we feel it is safe to gather in person, hopefully in the Spring.“

ABOUT NBM:
The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build. We believe that understanding the impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, construction, planning, and design is important for everyone. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, we welcome visitors of all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, our communities, and our futures. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448, info@nbm.org, or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL Founded in 2009, the Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. Through a curated selection of films, events, and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain, and engage all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the world’s largest film festival devoted to the subject with an annual festival in New York and satellite events around the world. For more information, visit www.adfilmfest.com or @ADFILMFEST on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Baratz, Baratz Communications, karen@baratzpr.com/240-497-1811

 

International Festival includes feature films from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Slovakia, U.S., and U.K.

The National Building Museum will again partner with the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) to produce and host ADFF:DC January 6-8, 2022 in Washington, D.C. ADFF:DC will offer 12 feature-length films and a selection of short films from around the world that explore a range of timely issues, including innovation and creativity in sustainability, equitable development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, the important contributions of indigenous architects, and the dynamic nature of design leadership. Select films will be followed by Q&As featuring highly respected guest speakers.  ADFF:DC also offers the first complete in-person program of the present film series in the U.S., after pandemic precautions disrupted previous events in New York and Los Angeles earlier this year.

The Opening Night and following reception are open to the public and include an exclusive opportunity to meet and attend a panel discussion with the international design visionary, Bruce Mau, and his business partner and wife, Bisi Williams. The festive event will be held in the Museum’s soaring Great Hall and includes an open bar, gourmet snacks and an opportunity to mingle following the screening of the film Mau. The namesake documentary explores the designer’s unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design.  Over the span of his career, Mau has transformed from a world-class graphic designer to designer of the world by advising global brands like Coca-Cola and Disney — and rethinking a 1000-year plan for Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.

Bruce Mau sits under a film lamp in an empty, colorless room
Mau — 2021 / 76 min / Austria –Directors: Jono & Benji Bergmann –Courtesy of motion picture MAU

 

“We are excited to continue our partnership with ADFF and to host this wonderful and unique film festival,” states Aileen Fuchs, President and Executive Director of the National Building Museum.  “Our focus is to offer engaging, immersive programming that inspires and educates about the world we design and build.  This cultural partnership offers extraordinary films that spotlight innovation, leadership and critical community issues, like design and its impact on sustainability and social equity — signature topics in the Museum’s exhibitions and programming.  And, it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with friends and family when it’s cold outside!”

Highlighted in this year’s festival are legendary icons like Frank Lloyd Wright and Marcel Breuer as well as other architects who are making their mark around the world — including Finland’s most successful contemporary architect, Juha Leiviska, and British architect, Sarah Wigglesworth, whose design work focuses on impacting positive social change.  Film subjects also include dynamic artists, like architectural installation designer Dani Karavan from Israel and the irreverent Tim Carey of Los Angeles-based Judson Studios. In addition to film screenings, ADFF:DC will include live Q&As with film directors and subjects, including James Crump, director of Breuer’s Bohemia, and Nathan Havey, director of Beyond Zero.

ADFF:DC is hosted by the National Building Museum for the fourth year, continuing the Museum’s strong partnership with ADFF. The Opening Night screening, reception and programming are offered as an integral part of the National Building Museum’s signature Spotlight on Design series.  The diversity and focus of the films offer a keen alignment with the Museum’s mission to inspire curiosity about the world we design and build.  The subjects of one of the featured documentaries are connected to the Museum’s newest exhibition, The Wall/ El Muro: What is a Border Wall?. The film Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderland chronicles designers Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello’s work to connect contemporary technology with the legacy of pottery making and adobe architecture to provide solutions for more ecologically friendly, energy-efficient, and affordable construction methods in the Southwest.  The designers’ award-winning pink seesaw — which was installed in July 2019 through the border wall separating El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – is currently on display in The Wall exhibition.  In addition, several films highlight innovation in sustainable design, the focus of the Museum’s latest online learning and thought leadership program series, Climate ABC – Action, Building, Community.

TICKETS, SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

ADFF:DC begins with the Opening Night celebration featuring Bruce Mau and Bisi Williams on the evening of Thursday, January 6 at 6:30pm, and concludes on the evening of Saturday, January 8 with the D.C. premiere of Danish film Another Kind of Knowledge – Portrait of Dorte Mandrup.

Opening night ticket prices are $40 for Museum members, $25 for students and $50 for non-members, which includes the film, discussion and Q&A with Bruce Mau and Bisi Williams and reception.

Single films and associated programming tickets are $12 for Museum members, $5 for students and $15 for non-members.

The $85 FlexPass allows admittance to multiple films as well as attendance at the Opening Night festivities.

Full schedules and program descriptions are available HERE.

SPONSORS
ADFF:DC is presented with the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family. Other sponsors include: Design Foundry, Room & Board, Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, MJ Valet, and Dr. Lawrence Spinelli.

Sponsorships are still available. Contact capitalsociety@nbm.org for more information.

IMAGES

Photo Credit — Courtesy of motion picture MAU.  Film stills and images for ADFF:DC are available HERE.  All images are courtesy of their subject films.

MEDIA CONTACT

Karen Baratz, karen@baratzpr.com, 240-497-1811. Media access available.

ABOUT
The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build. We believe that understanding the impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, construction, planning, and design is important for everyone. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, we welcome visitors of all ages to experience stories about the built world and its power to shape our lives, our communities, and our futures. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448, info@nbm.org, or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL

Founded in 2009, the Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. Through a curated selection of films, events, and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain, and engage all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the world’s largest film festival devoted to the subject with an annual festival in New York and satellite events around the world. For more information, visit www.adfilmfest.com or @ADFILMFEST on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

ADFF:DC FILM BRIEFS

Another Kind of Knowledge – Portrait of Dorte Mandrup
2021 / 78 min / Denmark
Directors: Marc-Christoph Wagner and Simon Weyhe

Another Kind of Knowledge is the result of a conversation that started in 2017 with the renowned Danish architect Dorte Mandrup, an established figure in the Scandinavian architectural world who is increasingly achieving prominence on an international level. In this film portrait, Mandrup reveals the cornerstones of her practice—place, history, materiality and sculpture — which she synthesizes to produce a consistent articulation of the contemporary.

Architect of Brutal Poetry
2021 / 70 min / Slovakia
Director: Ladislav Kabos

Hans Broos, a famous Brazilian architect, German by origin, is the subject of this revealing film.  Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he decides to tell the story of his life to his reflection in the mirror and confesses to acts as a reflection of his own memories.

Battleship Berlin
2021 / 40 min / Germany
Director: Nathan Eddy

Berlin’s brutalist architectural heritage is under fire in this documentary film. The city’s powerful Charité Hospital wants to destroy a brutalist icons of the Cold War era — the infamous former animal research laboratory called the Mäusebunker. A dedicated group of politicians, preservationists, architects, gallerists and students fight for an adaptive re-use of this magnificent, uncompromisingly unique structure.

Beyond Zero
2021 / 81 min / USA
Director: Nathan Havey

Ray Anderson had spent 20 years building Interface, the largest carpet tile company in the world.  He was blindsided in 1994 when he lost a large client order when an environmental consultant objected to Interface’s carpet tiles.  The documentary details how he met this emerging sustainability challenge, changed his life forever, and established an inspiring company mission with the potential to change the world.

Breuer’s Bohemia
2021 / 73 min / USA
Director: James Crump

Marcel Breuer was a prolific designer of residential architecture — a legacy often obscured by his success as a Bauhaus furniture maker and his large-scale built projects, including the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD’s) headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Breuer’s Bohemia surveys the houses he designed in the 1950s -1970s, many commissioned by high-profile politically progressive clients and cultural peers, including Alexander Calder, Arthur Miller and  Philip Roth, marking a unique intersection of postwar architecture, art, and personal letters.

From Earth to Sky
2021 / 72 min / Canada
Director: Ron Chapman

From Earth to Sky explores the work of seven unique and accomplished Indigenous architects as they design and complete extraordinary buildings in cities and communities across North America. The featured designers are Tammy Eagle Bull and Douglas Cardinal, the first Indigenous architects in North America.  Diverse in gender, age and artistic approach, each relates harrowing tales of dysfunction, poverty, violence, and assimilation, ultimately overcoming adversity to be recognized as leaders in their field.

High Maintenance – The Life and Work of Dani Karavan
2020 / 66 min / Israel
Director: Barak Heymann

Award-winning Israeli artist Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations around the world. Despite his renown, Karavan is far from satisfied.  The film details how the architect becomes embroiled in a serious political and artistic conflict over his latest commission — a monument to Polish nationals who have risked their lives saving Jews during World War II.

Holy Frit
2020 / 119 min / USA
Director: Justin Monroe

Holy Frit chronicles how the irreverent Los Angeles artist Tim Carey and the company he works for, Judson Studios, bluff their way into winning the commission to make the world’s largest stained-glass window of its kind.  To fabricate his complex design, Carey finds a mentor to assist — a world-famous, Italian glass maestro, Narcissus Quagliata. The audience witnesses how Carey must put down his ego and submit to the artistic lessons of his complicated new master and collaborator.

Inside Prora
2019 / 100 min / Germany
Director: Nico Weber

Commissioned by Hitler prior to WWII, Prora is the longest building in the world and has been referred to as the “Monster by the Sea” and the “Colossus of Prora”.  Conceived as a three-mile-long vacation camp, it was converted to military barracks during WWII, and then was abandoned following Germany’s reunification. Now, hotels, museums and holiday homes are springing up — an unlikely triumph of Capitalism.  Inside Prora details the unfolding layers of history to reveal unexpected connections of society with modernist architecture and mass tourism.

Light Snatcher
2021 / 29 min / Finland
Director: Charlotte Airas

Light Snatcher investigates the intricate play of natural light in the work of Juha Leiviskä, one of Finland’s most successful contemporary architects.  This lyrical film reveals how light plays with buildings and space, like reverberation in music — and how light waves can act like sound waves, creating new dimensions of design.

Mau
2021 / 76 min / Austria
Directors: Jono & Benji Bergmann

Mau is the first feature-length documentary about the design visionary Bruce Mau and explores his unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design.  Over the span of his career, Mau has transformed from a world-class graphic designer to designer of the world by advising global brands like Coca Cola and Disney — and rethinking a 1000-year plan for Mecca, Islam’s holiest site. 

Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands
2021 / 63 min / USA
Director: Chris J. Gauthier

Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderland is about Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello and their work to connect contemporary technology with the legacy of pottery making and adobe architecture in the Southwest.  The film documents the team working to design and produce the first 3D-printed adobe structure in the United States. In a region considered one of Colorado’s poorest areas, Mud Frontiers seeks to provide solutions for more ecologically friendly, energy efficient, and affordable construction methods.

Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece
2020 / 55 min / USA
Director: Lauren Levine

Frank Lloyd Wright’s modern masterpiece, Unity Temple, is an homage to America’s most renowned architect during a pivotal time in his career. The film explores Wright’s first public commission in the early 1900’s and the painstaking efforts today to restore the 100-year old building back to its original beauty. The film intersperses the architect’s philosophies with quotes narrated by Brad Pitt.

 What Does It Take to Make A Building?
2021 / 27 min / United Kingdom
Director: Jim Stephenson

An intimate portrait of architect Sarah Wigglesworth’s life and her mission to use her work as a vehicle for social change. Through her conversations with fellow architect Piers Taylor, Sarah discusses her architectural education — which was dominated by men and almost led her to quit the industry before graduation.  The conversations continue to discuss the experimental home and studio she designed and built with her partner Jeremy Till.