Subject: ADFF Newsletter 10 06 11

Dear Friend,

With 32 films from 12 countries, this year's festival offers a wide variety of films representing a diverse range of viewpoints and issues. This week's newsletter highlights films on celebrated designers and architects, biophilic design and the festival's first 3D film by legendary director, Wim Wenders.

Tickets are now available at, or at the Tribeca Cinemas Box Office (54 Varick Street).

A reading of
Oren Safdies new play 
A False Solution

Oren Safdie's 'A False Solution' inhabits squarely the world of contemporary architecture. The play finds Anton Seligman, a well-established German-Jewish architect, in his studio late at night working on the design for a new Holocaust museum in Poland. His plans for the museum are challenged by Linda Johansson, a striking young intern and a first-year architecture student. Over the course of this intimate evening, Linda confronts Anton's resolve and throws his vision for the museum into turmoil. The effects of war, religious identity and sexual politics loom large over their electrifying encounter as creative process and personal agendas collide. The third in Oren Safdie's trilogy ('Private Jokes, Public Places' and 'The Bilbao Effect') of plays about architecture, a production of 'A False Solution' is planned for 2012.


If Buildings Could Talk  ( In 3D )

Directed by Wim Wenders

IF BUILDINGS COULD TALK is a visual investigation of the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, the recently inaugurated futuristic building designed by SANAA as the flagship of the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). With this 3D video installation, Wim Wenders explores the question of how buildings communicate with their users responding to the theme of the Biennale 2010 Set by Kasuyo Sejima, "People Meet in Architecture". 

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 EAMES: The Architect and the Painter 

Directed by: Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey 

The Architect and the Painter is the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film to peer inside their collaboration, their marriage and the "Renaissance studio" they created in a gritty warehouse in Venice, CA. Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from a trove of archival material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles, Ray, and their staff during the hyper-creative forty years of the Eames Office. Family members and design historians help guide the story, but it is in interviews with the junior designers swept into the "24-7" world of "The Eamery", that a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team really emerges.

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The Robert A.M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the New York Apartment House.

Directed by: Tom Piper

Even during the Great Recession of 2008, one new apartment house in New York City continued to set the bar for real-estate prices: 15 Central Park West. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, the lavish, limestone-clad structure from 61st to 62nd streets is arguably one of the most luxurious residential buildings to rise in the city in decades. Stern deliberately evokes the grand era of New York apartments designed in the 1920s and 1930s, especially the intricately planned architecture of Rosario Candela. Stern.

Mr. Stern will participate in a Q&A after the screening moderated by Ned Crammer from Architect Magazine  - Oct 22 Screening and 

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Lioness Amoung Lions - The Architect Zaha Hadid 

Directed by: Horst Brandenburg 

Winner of the prestigious Pritzker prize in 2004 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2009, the English-Iraqi architect and designer Zaha Hadid (born in 1950) has long been controversial. This film spotlights a leading figure in deconstructivism and her visionary achievements around the world: the MAXXI contemporary art museum in Rome, the CMA-CGM tower in Marseille, the Guangzhou Opera and a performing arts centre in Abu Dhabi. It provides an overview of her main projects from London to Hong Kong and in the United Arab Emirates and features commentaries by Tom Krens of the Guggenheim Foundation, architect Patrick Schumacher, photographer Hélène Binet, publisher Francesco Dal Co and stylist Karl Lagerfeld.

 Biophilic Design: Architecture of Life

Directed by: Bill Finnegan and Stephen Kellert

Biophilic design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development. Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.

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