About the Festival
The Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject. The ADFF also programs for international film festivals as well as cultural institutions and private venues.
The CAC is excited to host the 2019 festival from Thursday, June 20 until Sunday, June 23. Tickets are $11 for General Admission and $9 for CAC members, with a members-only discount code. CAC members will receive this discount code prior to the festival via email.
Check out this season's full program list below!
2019 Program List
Select a program below to check out film details, view showtimes, and purchase tickets.
The Human Shelter is an anthropological and poetic journey which investigates how we, as human beings, create our homes. In a sentient and playful way, the film explores our idea of the concept of ‘home’. During the film we travel to some of the world’s extremities concerning climate change, growing megacities and conflict zones.
In That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles, writer/director Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, explores the five Maya-inspired houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles in that period. In Redemption Square, a down-on-her-luck woman finds a new identity in Pershing Square, a notoriously unloved space in downtown Los Angeles.
Mies on Scene. Barcelona in two acts tells the story of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich designing the mise-en-scène that would change the course of history: the German Pavilion for the Barcelona Exhibition of 1929. Stone is a film that meticulously studies the journey of Portland stone from the cathedral-sized mine to the delicate, precision polishing of a finished block.
Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society. What defines a national identity? Is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are?
Frank Gehry: Building Justice tells the story of architect Frank Gehry’s investigation into prison design as a subject for the best architecture students in the United States. ChildSafe: Designed to Heal tells the story of ChildSafe, a nonprofit organization that enlisted the help of San Antonio architecture firm Overland Partners to build a new, state-of-the-art campus to sustain their growing support programs and their increase in staff.
Leaning Out is the story of Leslie Robertson, the lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center, a man who oversaw the construction of the tallest building on the planet at the time, and is haunted by its collapse and the events of 9/11. Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School is about the renovation of Spring Garden School No. 1 in North Philadelphia, which been sitting vacant and abandoned for nearly 30 years before the Philadelphia Housing Authority teamed with the non-profit Help USA to convert the property into affordable housing.
Rams is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability and the future of design. For over fifty years, Dieter Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design and the world at large with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe.
In Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light, celebrated Spanish director Carlos Saura captures the genius of one of the most famous Italian architects in the world, Renzo Piano, the brilliant designer behind structures including the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and The New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan.
Gaming The Real World explores the question: can games change the world? Today, public spaces and entire cities are being designed, planned, and played through the medium of games. Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division. The film explores the possibilities of new media technologies and shows new approaches towards the medium of documentary films.
Doshi introduces us to architect Balkrishna Doshi - aka B.V. Doshi - a truly great modern architect and evolved, cultured, human being who helps direct attention to mportant questions of our time. In Peter Bohlin: From Here to There, Interior Design Magazine’s Cindy Allen interviews Peter Bohlin about the remarkable moments from his 50-year career designing architectural gems for the likes of Girl Scouts, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
A Poetics of Living is a contemplative voyage and architectural exploration, narrated by a young architect, that reveals a foreign territory where habitable space becomes poetic concept; a space where architecture re-creates the links between human beings and the world.
The Black Museum takes the audience on a journey through the spectacular National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. Through 100,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across eight levels, the museum explores America’s history and culture through the lens of the African American experience.