Next month, the Architecture & Design Film Festival will launch its 11th season in New York City. This year’s lineup of films showcases work that reflects society and history, highlighting untold stories of those who overcame adversity to shape the modern world. They are proof positive that while design films are often seen as niche, they don’t have to be.
“We’re thrilled that 2019 has yielded so many high-quality films about design that provide audiences with a look at influential people and places they may never have heard about before,” says Kyle Bergman, AIA, ADFF’s founder and director, giving a preview of some of the festival’s highlights.
Commemorating the Bauhaus centennial, ADFF:NY’s opening night film The New Bauhaus tells the story of László Moholy-Nagy, a Hungarian artist and educator who fled Nazi occupation in 1937 to start what ultimately became Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology. “The film sends a strong message about the importance of a well-rounded design education,” says Bergman. “They wanted to create critical design thinkers, not just provide vocational training.”
As an architect who went down a nontraditional career path to launch the festival, Bergman sees immense value in interdisciplinary learning. “There are a number of films in this year’s program that highlight the importance of offering creative design education opportunities,” he says, adding that The New Bauhaus is one of many films that touches the intersections of education, historic events, and culture.