Subject: HIGHLIGHTS from ADFF 2016 NYC

October 12, 2016

We just wrapped up our 8th festival and it was another feast of films and fun — over 6,000 people attended ADFF this fall!
The feature-length films with the highest audience appreciation receiving a 90% or higher approval rating were:
* Design That Heals
* Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
* Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Five Seasons with Piet Oudolf
* The Happy Film
* The Novgorod Spaceship
* Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey

* Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings
* Windshield: A Vanished Vision

Wednesday Sept. 28
Opening night was sold out for the screening of Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future. After each screening co-producers Eric Saarinen and Peter Rosen were on stage for a lively discussion and audience Q&A’s.
After the screening the ADFF lounge was buzzing with energy. Honey’s Bar from Bushwick was pouring drinks and serving their homemade mead brewed in Brooklyn. ADFF had the Honey’s satellite bar open for the entire 5 day festival.
(Pictured from left: Kyle Bergman, Alex Polier, Wendy Goodman, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams)

Michael Sorkin (left) talking with artist Stephen Talasnik (right), whose short film Pioneer: Stephen Talasnik had its world premiere on opening night. The short film is about Talasnik’s art installation at Tippet Rise in Fishtail, Montana.
Philanthropist and art collector George R. Kravis (center) and Nancy Hermann (right) were in town from Tulsa in preparation for next year’s ADFF:Tulsa on April 20 - 23, 2017.
Thursday Sept. 29
AIA 2016 President Russell A. Davidson was there to announce the winners of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2016 “I Look Up Film Challenge”. The winning film was Arch 335 Rebuilding MedCamps. The directors Brad Deal and Robert Brooks were there to accept the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.
MASS Design Group co-founder Michael Murphy (left) and Thatcher Bean (center left) also of MASS Design and the director of Design That Heals. The film, about a cholera clinic that MASS designed and built in Haiti, had its world premiere at ADFF.
Francesca Molteni’s film, Where Architects Live, had its US premiere. Francesca had another film in the festival, Amare Gio Ponti, and she was very busy throughout the festival with many Q&A’s and panel discussions.
Friday Sept. 30
The world premiere of Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings was followed by a discussion from left with Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw’s deputy chairman, Mark Middleton, managing partner for Grimshaw’s London office and moderated by Susan Szenasy, chief editor of Metropolis Magazine.
Cosentino had a private screening and a reception for over 150 of their clients. Cosentino showed off their beautiful products in the lounge by creating the ADFF bar with thier Dekton surface. Ana Granados (right) is the general manager of Cosentino in New York.
Director Gary Hustwit’s new film Workplace had its US premiere. Some of the people featured in the film joined the Q&A: Architect Amanda Carroll, a principal at Gensler, Primo Orpilla, co-founder of Studio O+A and Julia Goldberg, Senior VP at R/GA.
Saturday Oct. 01
Paul Makovsky of Metropolis led a panel called The New Creatives: Designers, Incubators and Cities To Watch. The panel included Daniel Pittman, Director of Design at A/D/O, the designers Che-Wei Wang & Taylor Levy of CW&T, and Irene Sunwoo. Pictured onscreen is the new A/D/O building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
There was a strong turnout all weekend long, with many sold out screenings.
Architect Chris McVoy (left)  senior partner at Stephen Holl Architects was there for a Q&A after the screening of Facing up to Mackintosh.
Sunday Oct. 02
From left, Wendy Goodman, Design Editor of New York Magazine led a conversation with the designer Amy Lau, the master gardner Piet Oudolf and the filmmkaker Francesca Molteni.
The master gardner Piet Oudolf attended the sneak preview of a new film by the director Tom Piper entitled, Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: Five Seasons with Piet Oudolf.
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