5th Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival in NYC

During New York’s most important moment for architecture and design (Archtober), the fifth annual Architecture & Design Film Festival will return to Tribeca Cinemas with its most ambitious and exciting program to date. Over the course of five days (October 16-20, 2013), the festival will screen 25 feature-length and short films from all over the world exploring various themes of art, architecture, design, urban planning and more. In addition to the curated selection of films, ADFF will present a series of intimate discussions with architects, designers, industry leaders and filmmakers as well as three panel discussions. On Saturday afternoon, Wanted Design will curate a panel on gentrification in Brooklyn. The two Sunday panels are about historic preservation and Russian modernism.

Giving the audience a chance to connect with the personalities behind the films, more than 10 directors will be available for Q&As including: Andreas Dalsgaard (The Human Scale), Lisa Scafuro (The Vision of Paolo Soleri), Ian Harris (Archiculture), Kelly Anderson (My Brooklyn), Malachi Connolly (Built on Narrow Land), Stephen Haupt (Sagrada), Sebastian Schindel (The Latin Skyscraper), Isabella Willinger (Away From All Suns!), Mike Dorsey (The Oyler House) and Tufic Makhlouf (The Barragán House). The Architecture & Design Film Festival has also organized three lively panel discussions on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 related to the films My Brooklyn, The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat and Away From All Suns!

Brooklyn Renaissance for All?

Saturday, October 19 from 3:30–4:30pm:  Mirroring the festival’s theme of urbanism, the NYC-based curators at Wanted Design will present an honest conversation about gentrification and urban community development currently happening in Brooklyn. AIGA/NY Design/Relief Program Director Laetitia Wolff will moderate a discussion with Brooklyn residents Kelly Anderson, filmmaker and director of My Brooklyn, Jan Vingerhoets, CEO of the world-renowned lighting company FLOS USA, and Ilana Judah, Director of Sustainability at FXFOWLE Architects.

Preserving the Modern

Sunday, October 20 from 3:30–4:30pm:  Architecture critic, author, curator and filmmaker Alastair Gordon will moderate a discussion on preservation with actress and preservationist Kelly Lynch, who has owned and restored mid-century architectural gems like Richard Neutra’s Oyler House and John Lautner’s Harvey House, and Michael Adlerstein, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Capital Master Plan who has a long, storied resume of important preservation projects including Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Gettysburg and Jamestown.

Midnight and Modernism in Moscow

Sunday, October 20 from 5:30–6:30pm: Rick Bell, Executive Director of AIA New York and the Center for Architecture, will lead a fascinating panel discussion on Russian modernism and the spirit of Russian constructivist architecture with filmmaker and director of Away From All Suns! Isabella Willinger, architect Dr. Regina Khidekel, Yale PhD student Anya Bokov, and founder of the Intercontinental Curatorial Project, Vladimir Belogolovsky.

Tickets for the 2013 Architecture & Design Film Festival can be purchased at the Tribeca Cinemas Box Office (54 Varick Street, NYC) and online at www.adfilmfest.com. Pricing is $14 for general admission, $11 for AIA members and $8 for students with valid ID.

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 nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject with festivals in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. For more information, visit www.adfilmfest.com or follow them on Twitter at @ADFILMFEST.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is grateful for the support of its sponsors including Toshiba, Sciame Construction Managers, Scavolini, Poltrona Frau, Steelcase, AFD, Coalesse, Dyson and Wolf Gordon. ADFF’s media sponsors are Elle Décor and Architectural Record. Architectural firm sponsors include FXFOWLE Architects, KPF and Kevin Kennon Architects. Additional support has been generously provided by the James New York, Aamanns-Copenhagen, AIANY, Archtober, Open House New York, the Noguchi Museum, Wanted Design, the General Consulate of Denmark, the Swiss Consulate, the Finnish General Consulate, Municipal Arts Society and Novità Communications.