Sometimes however, they taking a starring role, in films where the story is the design and architecture, and the passion, hope and tears that go into creating objects and buildings. 30 such films will be featured in the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF), running March 12-16 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Listen to Frances and Steve Chiotakis talk about the festival, featuring clips from movies and commentary from Kyle Bergman, Kelly Lynch and filmmaker Mike Dorsey.
The ADFF was founded by Kyle Bergman, above right, an architect based in New York, and it was first held five years ago in Vermont.
Since then it has taken place in New York, Chicago and now L.A., where Bergman will screen 30 long and short films in 18 programs, spread over three weeknights and a weekend, and including a design showcase, a pop-up Hennessey + Ingalls in the theater lobby, and a slew of panel discussions playing off of the themes of some of the movies.
The festival opens with If You Build It, about designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller working with high school students in rural, poor Bertie County, North Carolina, to transform both their community and their lives.
It goes on to include movies about such topics as the life, work and love of graphic designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli; the aspirational journey of the man who enlists Richard Neutra to design his desert home; and the challenges faced by a young Japanese architect, Yumiko Yamada, as she works on SANAA’s Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne.
Click here for more details about the festival and listen to Kyle Bergman talk about the festival in the interview below.
Speakers on panels at the festival: Christopher Hawthorne, Alice Kimm, Amy Murphy, Mina Chow, Barbara Lamprecht, Benjamin Luddy, Makoto Mizutani, Steve Badanes, Dave Sellers, Mimi Zeiger, Jenna Didier, Michael Webb, Michael Boyd, Frank Escher, Kelly Lynch, Kevin Kennon, Norman Klein, Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Knud Erik Hansen, Jonathan Ward, Clifford Pearson and Frances Anderton.