Architecture & Design Film Festival features international female filmmakers

The Architecture & Design Film Festival will run Oct. 16-20 at Cinépolis Chelsea in New York City. The 11th year of the nation’s largest film festival devoted to architecture and design will feature eight films directed by women. With 19 films screening, about 42 percent of the lineup is from female filmmakers. 

Alysa Nahmias’ The New Bauhaus is the opening night film, centered around “the creative and controversial genius, László Moholy-Nagy, who brought the Bauhaus movement to America and founded the New Bauhaus school in Chicago.” Though the ADFF is the official U.S. premiere, The New Bauhaus will also screen at the Chicago International Film Festival the following day at the AMC River East, down the street from its titular subject.

From directors Caroline Alder and Damien Faure, A Poetics of Living will have its New York premiere Oct. 17 at the ADFF. Narrated by a young architect, the film “returns to the landscapes that are close to her heart” in Ciudad Abierta. 

Other female directors are featuring the work of great American architects. Britni Harris’ Goff follows 20th century American architect Bruce Goff and his innovative work in the Midwest. Marianne Gerdes’ James Hubbell – Between Heaven and Earth profiles the 87-year-old titular southern California architect. Films will also be featured from Jessica Yu and Alice Elliot, both Emmy winners and Oscar nominees, along with swiss filmmakers Loretta Dalpozzo and Michèle Volontè.

The full schedule and ticket sales are available at

© Georgiana E. Presecky (9/24/19) FF2 Media

Photos courtesy of Architecture & Design Film Festival. 

Featured Photo: László Moholy-Nagy and the beginnings of Chicago’s transformative design school are featured in ADFF documentary The New Bauhaus.

Bottom Photo: Alice Elliot’s Miracle on 42nd Street is “the untold story about the history and impact of the Manhattan Plaza apartment complex in New York City,” featuring former famous residents like Alicia Keys, Donald Faison, Larry David, Giancarlo Esposito and Angela Lansbury.

Tags: A Poetics of Living, Architecture & Design Film Festival, The New Bauhaus

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