2017 Architecture+Design Film Festival

The 2017 Architecture + Design Film Festival (a+dff)  is now underway in Winnipeg, running from May 3 to 7.  In its sixth year, the Winnipeg festival is the only festival in Canada devoted solely to architecture and design.

The five-day festival presents critically acclaimed films covering a range of design-oriented topics, focusing on the importance of architecture and urban design in everyday life.

A few of the films:



Saturday May 6 at 8:30 pm
Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)
Directed by Jonathan Parker
2016, USA, 95 min



Jonathan Parker’s comedy stars indie starlet Parker Posey and the ever-charming Eric McCormack as Drew and Colin, a married couple looking to build the perfect home. First though, they need the perfect architect, but what they get instead is one Miles Moss, a monstrous prima donna, wonderfully played by James Frain.




Saturday May 6 at 7 pm
Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)
Directed by Joshua Hassel
2016, USA, 60 min

Like great birds in flight, the tensile structures of Frei Otto (1925-2015) are wonders to behold. As this documentary reveals, the works of this Pritzker laureate—whose name means “Free”—are eloquent ecological and political statements, grounded in specific histories of influence, with an engineering ethos tethered by poetic principles.


Sunday May 7 at 2 pm
Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)
Directed by Terri Wehn-Damisch
2007, Canada, 52 min

A unique glimpse into the world of Phyllis Lambert, renowned Canadian architect, urban activist, patron and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. The film is shown in honour of her 90th birthday in 2017 and her continued thoughtful advocacy.



Sunday May 7 at 4 pm
Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
2016, USA, 92 min

Following the recent centenary of her birth, and a flurry of books and exhibitions, this timely and inspirational documentary chronicles the work of writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs, including her legendary 1960s battle to save NYC neighbourhoods from the ruthless power broker Robert Moses.



Full schedules and venues can be found on the a+dff website.  Features hosted by Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street) are listed on the Winnipeg Film Group website.


No films about property assessment

Strangely, films centered on property assessment, appraisal, and ad-valorem taxation are missing from the lineup. To partially fill that void,  National Public Radio has a list of Hollywood movies about the (income) tax man: listen to the story below, or read the transcript



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