Online Architecture and Design Film Festival opens Sunday

A chair designed by Eileen Gray in the National Museum. Photo courtesy of Mojo Entertainment LLC.

Marco Orsini’s documentary Gray Matters  will open the Second Edition of the Architecture and Design Film Festival’s streaming program, ADFF: Online. The film will be presented on Sunday, May 17th with screenings at 8:00 and 11:00 pm Eastern time, with a Q&A with Director Marco Orsini following.  Gray Matters made its World Premiere as the Opening Night Film of the 2014 Architecture and Design Film Festival.

Gray Matters surveys 20th-century artist Eileen Gray’s immense range of creative activity.  It explores how her artistic journey, vision, imagination, and sensibility changed the way we live with furniture and within houses—and how it has shaped the world we inhabit today.  The documentary is a historical, scholarly and cinematic investigation of the life and career of one of the world’s most influential—but least known—modernist icons.

Eileen Gray’s furniture. Photo courtesy of Mojo Entertainment LLC.

The film examines Gray’s lifelong immersion in art, design and architecture. Gray showed a fierce dedication to her work and unswerving faith in her aesthetic vision. It chronicles her inspiration, her challenges, and her influence, as well as the tragedies and controversies that punctuated her exceptional life. It considers the contemporary relevance of her Modern and Minimalist architectural and design aesthetic, with Gray’s newly restored masterpiece, Villa e1027, playing a leading roll.  By the end of the film, the hypothesis is proven: Gray matters, profoundly, and in so many ways.

Villa e1027. Photo courtesy of Mojo Entertainment LLC.

In addition to the ADFF: Online presentation of Gray Matters, the festival also includes screenings of The Man & The Architect – Jørn Utzon, Space Land Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm and GOFF. Each film includes a live introduction and will be followed by a Q&A.

The ADFF:Online festival runs nightly from Sunday, May 17 through Wednesday May, 20.

For more information on the film and series, and to purchase tickets ($1.99) please visit