Featuring more than twenty-five films from eleven countries, public programs, and an architectural driving tour of Lower Manhattan, the fourth season of the Architecture and Design Film Festival is taking place October 18-21. Returning to Tribeca Cinemas, in New York City, the films in this year’s Festival consider a range of topics, including contemporary and historic visionary architects, the creative design process, architecture as cultural emissary, the creation of the High Line, and modernist architecture on the East and West Coasts, among other subjects. The Festival features two world premieres, two U.S. premieres, and numerous films shown in New York City for the first time. Tickets go on sale October 1. More information after the break.
Festival Founder and Director Kyle Bergman states, “There is a natural connection between film and architecture: Designing a building and making a film both require a balance between art and science, both tell stories and both are labors of love. Moreover, the ability of film to convey three-dimensional space and objects makes it an ideal form for the exploration of architecture and design.” The 2012 Architecture & Design Film Festival opens with the world premiere of Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli, a retrospective of the work and relationship of these two seminal figures, directed by Roberto Guerra and Kathy Brew. Also on opening night, the Festival screens the U.S. premiere of 16 Acres, directed by Richard Hankin. Presented in collaboration with the Municipal Art Society, the film, which tells the dramatic story of the development of plans for rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, will be shown in the Allen Room, in the Time Warner Center, in midtown Manhattan. It will also be shown at Tribeca Cinemas on Friday, October 19, and Sunday, October 21. Festival films, which are screened in both of the theaters at Tribeca Cinemas, are organized into programs that run about ninety minutes. Most programs will be screened twice during the Festival, and many will be followed by discussions with filmmakers and others. General admission tickets per program are $14; AIA members $11; students with valid ID $8. Beginning October 1, tickets can be purchased at the Tribeca Cinemas Box office, at 54 Varick Street, and online here.