The Architecture & Design Film Festival Goes Deeper than Structures

The Chelsea Film Festival just ended – but hang on just another week and the neighborhood hosts another film festival – this one focusing on architecture and design. The aptly named Architecture & Design Film Festival begins November 1st at Cinépolis Chelsea.

The programming is varied: A number of films focus on specific structures and their motivation for being, while others focus on legendary architects and their creations, visions, lives and struggles (of note: “Getting Frank Gehry” “Zaha: An Architectural Legacy“, “Integral Man“, “The Gamble House“).

Perhaps unexpected, are those that explore the festival’s theme – but involve dance, such as “Ghost Story” which blends contemporary and street dance forms with the architectural fashion of legendary Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

Dancers - in the film "Ghost Story" - The Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chelsea, NYC

(From “Ghost Story” on adfilmfest.com )

Or a film about a cancer care facility (“Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres“) which focuses on the role that great design plays in the cancer support they offer. Or a world-wide exploration of The Future of Cities“, in which Oscar Boyson asked people around the world to participate in documenting city innovations around the world. Folks of all ages, from over 75 countries, volunteered their time, thoughts, work, and footage”.

Another journey takes place in “Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World’s Fair?” which has architect Mina Chow (the daughter of immigrants) seeking “to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs” a place which, “for generations of Americans, World’s Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory.”  

World Fair - in the film "Ghost Story" - The Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chelsea, NYC

“Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World’s Fair?” from adfilmfest.com

Catch the films (along with the events and panel discussions) November 1st to the 5th. Full schedule and synopses on Adfilmfest.com.

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