L.A.'s First Architecture and Design Film Festival Kicks Off

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The completed Windsor Farmers Market at dusk from "If You Build It"; a home featured in "Coast Modern."

The five-day event highlights global design, with an emphasis on Southern California architecture.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival makes its debut in Los Angeles on March 12. The five-day program includes more than 30 recent feature-length and short films. Kelly Lynch, Moby and some of L.A.’s top architects including Barbara Bestor will participate on a variety of panel discussions.

Opening the festival will be If You Build It, produced by Neal Baer, producer of Law & Order: SVU and current executive producer for CBS' Under the Dome. The 85-minute documentary follows a pair of designers to North Carolina where they work with local high school students to help transform their community through design and architecture. “I’m interested in design thinking and using human-centered design to solve problems,” says Baer of the film, which tracks the process of establishing a design/build studio in the high school of one of the state’s poorest areas. “There’s another way to teach kids — it’s not through rote memorization. It’s through problem solving using a multidisciplinary approach. We want to get that conversation going.” Baer will participate in a Q&A following the film’s screening.

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Although movies come from around the world, a number of entries highlight Southern California design, including The Oyler House, a profile of Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch’s home in Lone Pine designed by Richard Neutra; Coast Modern, which offers a look at West Coast modernist architecture; and Doug Pray’s Levitated Mass, which chronicles a 340-ton boulder’s journey from conceptual inception in 1968 to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012.

“One of the goals of the festival is to choose films that are interesting enough for the design professional and engaging enough for everybody,” says Kyle Berman, founder of the festival, which launched in New York five years ago. “I’m an architect and we don’t need to talk to ourselves too much. We need to take the conversation beyond.”

Tickets are $14 and go on sale Friday. The films will screen at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown Los Angeles. www.adfilmfest.com (213) 489-0994

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