As we wait for improvement in the current conditions with COVID-19, NO FESTIVAL REQUIRED will be selecting great films to virtually screen. We proudly present these films as the thoughtful, provocative content we’ve always shared.
THE OBSERVER, A FILM BY RITA ANDREETTI
STREAMING NOW! 72 HOUR RENTAL 3.99, PURCHASE 9.99
After repeated threats from authorities, the Beijing Independent Film Festival was shut down. The government wouldn’t tolerate their showing Spark, an incendiary historical documentary that revealed human rights violations during The Great Leap Forward. News of the festival’s cancellation reverberated around the world. Who was the artist whose work had pushed the government past the edge of tolerance?
Away from the limelight, dissident artist Hu Jie has managed to make more than 30 documentaries. Films like Though I Am Gone and Searching for Lin Zhao’s Soul are vital to understanding Chinese history and society and preserving memory of its past. Widely recognized as the first artist to dare talk about the Great Famine, the labor camps and the Cultural Revolution in an unfiltered way, Hu Jie is considered China’s first historical documentary filmmaker—even though he’s blacklisted.
Featuring lush photography and revealing interviews, filmmaker and critic Rita Andreetti’s sensitive portrait, The Observer, explores Hu Jie’s commitment, tenacity and courage, as well as the toll those have taken in his personal life. Through the creation not only of films but also of woodcuts and paintings, he continues to fight for the truth… but will museums, galleries and movie theaters have the courage to show the work that he makes?
“Though none of his works have been publicly shown in China, Hu Jie is one of his country’s most noteworthy filmmakers.” —Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books
“Revealing. A thoughtful, creative artist defined by honesty and candor; [his] voice should be given wider audience.” —Rouven Linnarz, Asian Movie Pulse
No Festival Required proudly announces “Some Assembly Required,” an international five-film series on Architecture and Design, now screening virtually, programmed by NFR Executive Director Steve Weiss.
CITY DREAMERS-a film by Joseph Hillel-FEATURING
Denise Scott Brown, Phyllis Lambert, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel
NOW SCREENING VIRTUALLY! $10 3 DAY RENTAL
FILM DISCUSSION MODERATED BY ARCHITECT AND WRITER TAZMINE KHATRI, AIA, NCARB, Senior Architect at Motley Design Group – THURSDAY JULY 30, 7 PM – 8 PM DISCUSSION, 8 PM – 8:30PM Q&A via ZOOM
Moderator: Taz Khatri, Senior Architect, Motley Design Group
Panelist: Kate Dudzik Smith, Principal Architect, Volume and Void
Panelist: Brie Smith, Principal Architect, Brie Smith Design & Lecturer at The Design School of ASU
Panelist: Ashley Mulhall, High Performance and Sustainability leader, Orcutt|Winslow
SPONSORED BY GOULD EVANS
City Dreamers is a film about our changing urban environment and four trailblazing women architects who have been working, observing and thinking about the transformations shaping the cities of today and tomorrow for over 70 years.
Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown may not be household names, but architecture and urban planning aficionados likely know that these women have worked with some of the greatest architects of our time, including the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. In the course of their inspiring careers, they have left an indelible mark on several cities across North America and Europe.
Phyllis Lambert, for example, was responsible for the construction of the Seagram Building in New York, in addition to being the founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Heritage Montreal. Blanche Lemco van Ginkel is credited, along with her husband, with saving Old Montreal from being destroyed to make way for an expressway and with helping develop the master plan for Expo 67. Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, for her part, reinvented how we develop urban green spaces and introduced the concept of green roofs in several major cities. And Denise Scott Brown revolutionized the way we think about contemporary architectural and urban heritage, along with her husband Robert Venturi.
These women, who are for the most part still active, hold the titles of architect, urban planner, landscape architect, curator, educator and/or activist and have amassed a long list of illustrious accomplishments, publications, honorary degrees and other distinctions over their respective careers. But while the credentials and achievements of these great women deserve to be more widely known and celebrated, they are not the only focus of this feature documentary. City Dreamers is above all inspired by what has united these four women throughout their careers: the “dream” of a fundamentally human and inclusive city.
No Festival Required Presents
“Some Assembly Required”
International Films On Architecture and Design
The Architecture of Life
a film by Bill Finnegan
STARTS AUGUST 7, TICKET LINK COMING SOON
FILM DISCUSSION VIA ZOOM TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sponsored by Shepley Bulfinch
Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.
Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature – hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.