The 8th Annual Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City will kick off its five-day event with the screening of “The Architect Who Saw the Future,” a film about Eero Saarinen’s life and work. The festival runs from September 28 to October 2 at Cinépolis Chelsea, and will showcase over 30 films, along with panel discussions, Q&As, networking events and CEU-accredited programs.
Kyle Bergman, ADFF founder and director, curated the list of films, which focus on architecture, design, urbanism and craft. This year’s films represent a range of topics, including workplace design, guerilla knitting and the competition to rebuild the World Trade Center. Peter Behrens, Gio Ponti and Eileen Gray are a few of the design pioneers that make appearances in the films.
Eero Saarinen working on the Gateway Arch
“The festival has become an annual destination for all types of people excited about design—from films about famous figures and forgotten postmodern buildings to complex urban issues and the search for meaning,” said Bergman, in a statement. “There’s something for everyone!”
On September 21, ADFF will preview the event as part of its Short Film Walk in the SoHo Design District from 6 to 9 p.m. Participating showrooms, including Aqua Creations, Artemide, BlackBody, Design Within Reach, Ingo Maurer, Luceplan/Modular, Molteni & C, Moroso, TechnoGym and USM, will screen a select number of short films.