Those of you in Milan, incase you missed it, today sees the Milano Design Film Festival kicking off at the city’s most beautiful cinema, the Apollo Spazio Cinema. Here’s what you need to know.
Focus on Milano Design Film Festival 2013
Showcasing some of the best contemporary films on design through a weekend of special screening, Apollo Spazio Cinema in the heart of historical Milano has teamed up with MiCue Milano Design, Comune di Milano and the U.S. non profit foundation Design Onscreen and invites us to come indulge in free films, talks and discussions all based around the topic of design film.
The weekend will play host to architect Philip Johnson, who will be on hand to talk about his Glass House, there will be graphic designer Milton Glaser who is famous for the I ? NY logo and there will also be the guys behind The High Line in New York, the reinvented old rail that is now one of the world’s most famous green city walks, among other guest speakers.
As well getting the inside info from some of the world’s most respected and innovative designers, there are going to be over 20 documentary films filmed in recent years that unveil the inner workings to some of the most celebrated buildings, cities, designers and architects.
16 Acres – The space that The Twin Towers left behind after the events of 9/11 becomes the focus of Richard Hankins’ film, looking at the pressures put on these 16 acres coming from all angles and the emotions caught up in the questions of what should be done with it. An emotional yet insightful look at the choices that had to be made and are still being made.
Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs – Jake Gorst explores, what became, the midcentury modernist architecture mecca and why some of the world’s greatest designers and architects descended upon this Californian city to erect their landmark buildings. Yes please!
Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes – Director Amie Knox’s 30min film looks at the work of one of the world’s most innovative and creative designers working today. This film looks at the design process she goes through and the influence she has on the world of design. Don’t miss it.
Ron Gilad. The Logical, the ironic and the Absurd – Light without a lighting fixture, wind without a fan, smoke made of marble, a dripping chair; Ron Gilad’s work compels the viewer to embrace doubt as a supreme value, and to question the validity of things that are usually taken for granted. This 30min film looks at his first major exhibition that included over 100 pieces most of which were designed and produced by Italian manufactures.
Cino Zucchi comes in to talk about his studio and the work that they are putting out in the world, right now. He is also joined by Andrea Vigano who will expand on the discussion that Zucchi will lead.
Art & Copy – Director Doug Pray has submitted his film about advertising and inspiration and, boy, it’s one not to be missed. Looking at the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time, Pray looks at those operating in the 1960s, during the creative revolution, to those that were impacted by this era. Wonderful stuff.
Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterwork – As one of the best examples of organic architecture, Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright gets given the once over by the son of the family that commissioned Wright to designs for the house in 1935. With three of his apprentices on hand to discuss their work on the design, we are given a fuller picture of a building that sits in complete harmonious integration with nature.
Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island – Much like the other film of Jake Gorst that focuses on Palm Springs, this one intends to do the same. Looking at the regions best postwar architects, including Wallace Harrison, Philip Johnson and Albert Fray, this film looks at the joy and freedom that these designers had to experiment and also at sadness that shrouds their existence today.
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