NYC Nov. 1 - 5

The Architecture & Design Film Festival previews fall lineup

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Design That Heals film still. Design That Heals was featured at last year's festival.
 (Courtesy of the Architecture & Design Film Festival)
Design That Heals film still. Design That Heals was featured at last year's festival. (Courtesy of the Architecture & Design Film Festival)

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) is returning for its ninth edition. The nation’s largest film festival dedicated to the subject of design, architecture, and urbanism is touring around the world in cities near and far with an extensive program of films, events, and panel discussions.

Pioneer film still. Pioneer was featured at last year’s festival. (Courtesy of the Architecture & Design Film Festival)

The ninth annual festival will be passing through Seoul, South Korea (July 27-October 29), New Orleans (August 24-27), Montana (September 23-24), Chicago (September 26-27), and ending at its home base at New York City’s Cinépolis Chelsea (November 1-5).

A full schedule of the 2017 program is yet to be released, but below is a sneak peek at a few feature films that will be presented, followed by the tour dates and locations of ADFF.

Integral Man
2016 / 62 min / Canada – U.S. Premiere
Director: Joseph Clement

The film presents a close glance at the intricacies inside the home of Jim Stewart, the most published mathematician since Euclid. Noted as “one of the most important private houses built in North America,” the dwelling is located in Toronto’s Rosedale neighborhood and was designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in 1999. The Integral House was a decade-long project that worked to intertwine and reflect Stewart’s two obsessions: curves and music. The completed home is filled with curved wood, expansive windows, and seductive spaces that many consider to be one of the city’s best performance spaces.



Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres
2016 / 55 min / UK – US premiere
Director: Sarah Howitt

Can design be the secret cure to cancer? A popular cancer support organization in the U.K., Maggie’s Centres, thinks it definitely plays a role. Maggie’s Centres has a unique approach to patient care that considers the importance of design. With a major focus on constructing environments to comfort and rejuvenate patients, the organization stands out as exceptional. The documentary, Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres, directed by Sarah Howitt, illustrates the story of Maggie’s Centres and puts on display the utter appreciation that the patients have for the healing environment that Maggie’s Centres offers.


Below are dates and descriptions available on the ADFF website.

JULY 27 – OCTOBER 29
ADFF: Seoul @ Storage
Seoul, South Korea

Presented by Storage, an experimental exhibition space opened by HyundaiCard, ADFF will screen three films per day over a four-month period. The gallery shows alternative works covering architecture, design, film, and contemporary art.

AUGUST 24 – 27
ADFF: NOLA
New Orleans, Louisiana

Presented by the Louisiana Architectural Foundation (LAF), the opening night of the second annual ADFF: NOLA (August 24) will be held at the Contemporary Arts Center followed by a special screening of Designing Life: The Modernist Legacy of Albert C. Ledner at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) on Friday, August 25. All other screenings will be held at the Broad Theater.

SEPTEMBER 23 – 24
ADFF: Tippet Rise
Fishtail, Montana

ADFF will present a curated selection of nine feature-length documentaries and three film shorts at the Tippet Rise Art Center—the 10,260-acre sculpture park and classical music center in the Montana highlands. On Saturday, September 23, Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s DnA, will moderate a conversation with artist Stephen Talasnik, architect Débora Mesa, and Tippet Rise co-founder Peter Halstead.

SEPTEMBER 26 – 27
Ace Hotel Screenings

Chicago, Illinois
During the Chicago Biennial, ADFF will host two rooftop screenings at the Ace Hotel. On September 26, the winner of AIA’s ‘I Look Up Film Challenge’—an initiative that encourages architects and filmmakers to collaborate and produce short film— will make its world premiere in addition to a screening of Design that Heals with Mass Design Principal Alan Ricks.

OCTOBER 11
ADFF: Short Films Walk
New York, NY

ADFF and SoHo Design District present the 4th Annual Short Films Walk (SFW), where participating SoHo showrooms will screen a unique program of film shorts curated by ADFF. This year’s walk will be held from 5:00 – 9:00 pm with an expanded list of locations.

NOVEMBER 1-5
ADFF: New York
New York, NY

In its ninth edition, ADFF’s annual anchor festival in New York will present a series of feature length and short films, panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A’s, and more, at Cinépolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street, NYC). Film highlights include Columbus, Building Home: The Maggie’s Centres, Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place, Integral Man, and Land Artists: The Story of Denton Corker Marshall.

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