About Design Onscreen
Design Onscreen–The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film–is a non-profit foundation dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving high-quality films on architecture and design.
- distributes its programming as widely as possible, via multiple media formats and channels, to a national and international audience;
- promotes a greater general understanding and appreciation of Post World War II design;
- informs and elevates the ongoing “conversation” among professional architects and designers; and
- works in a collaborative manner with museums, schools, universities, professional design groups, film societies and other educational organizations;
- supports only the highest quality programming utilizing the most creative minds in film production.
Founded in 2007 by Denver documentary and modernism enthusiasts Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, Design Onscreen has seven completed films to its credit. These films include: The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect; Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island; Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day (premiered in 2010 at the National Geographic Museum); Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes (premiered in 2009 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art); Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler (winner of an Audience Award at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival); William Krisel, Architect (winner of three 2011 Telly Awards); and Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs. Design Onscreen is a contributor to the Checkerboard Film Foundation, supporting the completion of a film on the life and work of Vladimir Kagan. Currently, we are working on our 8th film about architect Albert Frey.
These films have screened at museums—including MoMA (New York), the Museum of Arts and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the Getty Research Institute, and the National Geographic Museum–and festivals around the world, including Milan, London, Denver, Sonoma, Montreal, Rotterdam, New York, Moscow, Newport Beach, Chicago, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, and Venice.