11 Jul LIGHTS, CAMERA, ARCHITECTURE: THE NEW ORLEANS DEBUT OF THE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL
The highly acclaimed Architecture & Design Film Festival is making its way from the Big Apple to the Big Easy. In only its eighth year since conception, the ADFF has become the largest film festival dedicated to the creative spirit of architecture and design. The Louisiana Architecture Foundation in association with the American Institute of Architects announced earlier this month that the festival will make its debut in New Orleans from August 11- August 13. AOS is excited to follow that announcement with one of our own. We have signed up as a marquee sponsor of this inaugural event.
Architecture and film naturally have had a long-standing relationship with each other.The visual medium of film has meant that style has always played a significant role in cinema. It’s one of the reasons why film and architecture have gone hand in hand for the past hundred years. In some sense, both mediums display complementary qualities; film as photography captures the structural aspects of architecture, while architectural design dictates cinematic space. Viewing architectural films in a festival format will also highlight the ability that both architecture and film have to elevate and enrich the human spirit by bringing a community together.
The New Orleans Architecture & Design Film Festival will be centered around a combination of feature-length and short films that will cover topics ranging from preservation issues, modern architecture, youth participation, women’s roles and gentrification. In addition to the curated films the lineup will also include a selection of speakers who are dedicated to bringing together the general public through arts, culture and architecture. The speakers will be professionals in the architecture and design industry that serve as liaisons promoting awareness of and support for public participation in the processes that shape our environment. A special discussion and book signing by the authors of “Modernist Architecture” and “Revitalizing Cities” will further echo the themes of the festival.
The festival will kick off with a premiere party celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on August 11th. The celebration will feature live music, libations and the culinary creations of chef Michael Gulotta of Mopho restaurant. The recently named 2016 Food and Wine Best New Chef will provide inspired dishes that are sure to be a treat for festival goes. Tickets for the premiere party are already on sale and the proceeds support the state wide programming of the Louisiana Architectural Foundation.
We enthusiastically encourage everyone to embrace this opportunity for participation and exposure to the world of architecture and design through film. Tickets for all of the Architecture & Design Film Festival events will go on sale July 21st and are sure to go quickly. In the meantime, grab some popcorn and follow AOS this week on our Facebook and Instagram accounts as we explore the art of film, design and architecture in preparation one of the summers most exciting festivals.