Architecture and Design Film Festival Vancouver present November programs

The Architecture and Design Film Festival Vancouver presents 29 in-person screenings of 21 full-length documentary films and shorts from November 10-13, at the newly expanded VIFF Centre. 

The opening night presentation of Mau, the new documentary about visionary Canadian designer Bruce Mau, will take place at the Imperial Theatre. Mau’s seminal multi-disciplinary exhibit Massive Change that was commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery, figures prominently in this inspirational film. The second screening on November 11 is followed by a Q&A sponsored by Graphic Design Canada who are creating a special art poster for the festival.  

Another highlight, presented by UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is From Earth to Sky on Thursday November 11, which follows the lives and work of seven indigenous architects, including Canada’s Douglas Cardinal and Alfred Waugh. Seattle-based architect Daniel Glenn will be in attendance. 

Other screenings with personal appearances include Beyond Zero, a film about the founder of a carpet tile company, Ray Anderson of Interface Carpets, trying to make the company carbon neutral. This is followed by a Q&A with the director. 

Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece, directed by LA’s Lauren Levine

Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands on November 13 at the VIFF Centre will be followed by a Q&A with the director as well as the pioneering experimental architect Ronald Rael, whose creation, with his wife and students, of the first 3D-printed mud buildings is documented in the film. 

Media sponsor Western Living will host a screening of Breuer’s Bohemia, a rare look at the sexy side of the Modernist movement, and Editorial Director Anicka Quinn will be in attendance to introduce the film. Another highlight is Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece, directed by LA’s Lauren Levine (who will be in attendance) and narrated by Brad Pitt (who will not be in attendance).

Tickets for the festival start at $15 and are on sale right now. Vancouver will also have a virtual screening component in tandem with the in-person screenings. All screenings qualify for AIBC Continuing Education Credits for architects,  and student rates apply.

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