The Architecture and Design Film Festival held its opening reception at the National Building Museum last night. Attendees heard introductions by NBM executive director Chase Rynd, AIA CEO Robert Ivy, and ADFF founder Kyle Bergman. Following the remarks, guests were invited to watch one of three separate screenings of the 2017 documentary BIG Time, which chronicles five years of work and headaches in the life of Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG.
BIG Time was an easy choice to open the festival, Rynd said, as the museum and the firm have collaborated on many occasions, most notably with the installation of the Building Museum’s first Summer Block Party installation, the BIG Maze, in 2014, and again with a comprehensive look at the firm’s oeuvre, HOT TO COLD, in 2015. The festival features 19 films, some with multiple screenings, over the course of four days. The NBM’s auditorium and Pension Commissioner’s Suite serve as smaller theaters, and a large screen has been installed within the museum’s central hall; due to acoustic concerns, the latter venue offers individual, wireless headsets to guests for audio portions of the films.
The ADFF continues through this weekend, and its full schedule is available through the National Building Museum website. Most screenings require advance ticketing.