I think we’ve finally arrived. In its tenth year, the New York-based Architecture and Design Film Festival is coming to DC, and will begin on Thursday at the National Building Museum. Over four days, design lovers can screen more than two dozen films on architects, architecture, fashion design, theoretical design, designers and design movements.
And here’s the best part: Four DC by Design readers can win tickets to a movie of their choice! More on that in a bit…
“For years, I’ve been wanting to do it at the National Building Museum,” festival director and founder Kyle Bergman told me. While the festival has traveled around the country and abroad in past years, Bergman was been working with NBM staff to organize a venue here.
Next weekend’s festival will screen films in three theaters: the museum auditorium, the Pension Commissioner’s Suite, and the Great Hall—where viewers will wear special headphones to hear the sound so it doesn’t get lost in that cavernous space. “It’s finally happened, and hopefully this will be an annual event at the museum,” Bergman said. “Definitely in 2019, and hopefully every other year.”
I’m all over this festival and and want to see every single film.
Here are the films I’m most looking forward to:
“Big Time,” about the young architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed New York’s Via 57 West and 2 World Trade Center. You can see the trailer here.
“Columbus,” the first narrative film to be included in the festival, is a story that takes place in the architecturally rich Columbus, Ind., where the likes of I.M. Pei, Eero Saarinen and Bob Stern have designed buildings:
“Dries,” a documentary about fashion designer Dries Van Noten:
“The Gamble House,” about the Greene & Greene design that ushered the Arts & Crafts movement in the United States:
And of course, who could miss the documentary about Charles and Ray Eames:
This year’s festival will also travel between New York, L.A., New Orleans and Athens, Greece. For the most part, the film lineup is the same, but Bergman said he adds a couple films that are unique to each city that hosts the festival.
That means we in DC are the only ones who’ll see the politically motivated “Citizen Jane,” about journalist Jane Jacobs, who fought against New York’s massive “urban renewal” projects in the 1960s:
And “Face of a Nation,” which probes why America abandoned its World’s Fairs, while they continue on as celebrations of great design in other countries:
How To Win:
OK, so here’s the good part: Kyle Bergman kindly offered to give away four tickets to readers who leave a comment here talking about why they want to see a specific movie in the program. Those picked randomly will get a ticket to the movie they request in their comment.
To review, here is the full movie program
Click here for general ticket-purchase information.
I hope to see you there!