Thanks in large part to your continued interest and support for Design Onscreen—The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film, 2010 has been an eventful year filled with new films, events and opportunities.  As this year winds down, we’d like to update you on our work at the intersection of film and design and to highlight what lies ahead for 2011.

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This Just In: Contemporary Days to Screen at Montreal’s FIFA in 2011. Design Onscreen is happy to announce that our latest film, Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day, has just been selected for presentation at the 29th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) to be held in Montréal, March 17-27, 2011.  With its 250 films, presented in 9 theatres to more than 32,000 viewers, FIFA is the world’s largest competitive festival of films on art.

Congratulations to Director Murray Grigor and Cinematographer/Producer Hamid Shams. We look forward to sharing this prestigious stage with the world’s best in films on art.

Design Onscreen at the Moscow Architecture and Design Film Festival – (December 2-4, 2010): The exiting FIFA news comes quick on the heels of another recent international foray by Design Onscreen.  The 2nd Annual Moscow Architecture Film Festival in Moscow featured three of our documentaries:  Contemporary Days; William Krisel, Architect and Desert Utopia, plus two other great films on American Architects: Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner and Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio. Just a few blocks from the Kremlin, Board Member and architectural historian Alan Hess gave talks at the festival on midcentury architecture and the value of Russian preservation efforts.  We’re especially grateful to our host Irina Korobina, Director of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, and her enthusiastic team.

Design Onscreen at Dutch Design Week – (October 23-29, 2010): We were delighted to support the launch of an exciting new film festival linked to Dutch Design Week, a 9 day event in Eindhoven, Holland which attracts over 1500 designers and 150,000 visitors.  The new Film + Design Festival showcased a lively array of films about design, craft, creativity, futurism, art, technology, fashion, music and architecture.  This festival featured two of Design Onscreen’s films, Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes and Contemporary Days. Congratulations to our hosts at Cicada Studio (Marijke de Bie and Ward Janssen) for creating a memorable event.

Design Onscreen in New York City for National Design Week – (October 9-17, 2010): Design Onscreen was able to participate in New York City’s first Architecture and Design Film Festival, hosted by Tribeca Cinema. The Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City took place October 14-17, 2010 coinciding with National Design Week. Contemporary Days was one of 40 films featured at the festival and Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes screened at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  Special thanks to our gracious New York hosts: Kyle Bergman, Festival Director and Jennifer Northrup, Communications Director at the Cooper-Hewitt.

Design Onscreen at the London Design Festival (September 21-23, 2010): Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day had its UK premiere at the Victoria and Albert Museum Auditorium during the London Design Festival.   Our warmest thanks go to V&A Design Curator Christopher Wilk, Cherrill and Ian Scheer, and the Target Gallery’s Geoffrey Rayner and Richard Chamberlain who helped to make these London screenings possible.  We were also delighted to host two private screenings at the Royal Society of Arts and were honored by the presence of both legendary designer Robin Day and his daughter Paula Day.
2nd Annual Denver Architecture + Design Film Series – (September 15 – October 9, 2010): For the 2nd year in a row, Design Onscreen partnered with the Denver Film Society to present the Architecture + Design Film Series in our hometown.  Building on last year’s success, we were gratified to attract large audiences to this edition with each of the five screening accompanied by Q&As with filmmakers and architects, as well as receptions at some of Denver’s best restaurants.  The 2010 series came to a close in October with a special reception at Emmanuel Gallery featuring an exhibition of William Krisel’s architectural drawings followed by the film, William Krisel, Architect.  Bill Krisel and his wife Corinne graced all of the October series events with their presence. Special thanks to our friends at the Denver Film Society: Tom Botelho, Ann Collier and Patrick O’Brien.  We look forward to next year’s series with more exciting films and guests!

Design Onscreen World Premiere in Washington DC (May 15, 2010) Design Onscreen’s latest documentary, Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day, premiered May 15, 2010 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. The premiere was timed to coincide with the opening of a new exhibition the D.C.’s Textile Museum: Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.  Design Onscreen’s Founders Kirk Brown and Jill Wiltse and the film’s premiere were featured articles in Wallpaper magazine and

, an article on  The Washington D.C. City Paper {left in here for links to insert]

Journeyman Architect Wins Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival – (April 22-29, 2010): The Newport Beach Film Festival honored Design Onscreen by selecting three of our films, Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler, William Krisel, Architect, and Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes for their 2010 program. We were also gratified when Journeyman Architect, Director Jake Gorst’s documentary on Donald Wexler won the Festival’s coveted Audience Award in the Art, Architecture and Design category.  In addition, Design Onscreen’s films on Donald Wexler and William Krisel were chosen for the Orange County Museum of Art’s Cinema Orange summer film series showcase in association with the Orange County Museum of Art and the Newport Beach Film Festival.  Special thanks to the Newport Beach Fest’s Director of Special Programming Leslie Feibleman for her support.

World premiere of William Krisel, Architect

at Palm Springs Modernism Week (February 14-19, 2010): Design Onscreen’s partnership with  Palm Springs Modernism Week grew stronger this year with the launch of the Architecture and Design Film Series (February 14-19).  The world premiere of William Krisel, Architect opened the film series with 450 in attendance, followed by a Q&A with Krisel, Director Jake Gorst. Design Onscreen’s Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs along with three other great architecture and design films completed the series.
William Krisel, Architect at LA’s Getty Center (April 13, 2010): Over 500 attendees turned out for the Los Angeles premiere of William Krisel, Architect at The Getty Center. This special screening was followed by a on-stage conversation with William Krisel and Wim de Wit, head of the Getty’s Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art.  A reception with many of the film’s cast and crew brought the superb event to a close.
Palm Springs Honors Donald Wexler – January 22-24, 2010: To start the year, Design Onscreen partnered with Palm Springs Preservation Foundation to honor the famed desert architect during Wexler Weekend. This event included a screening of Design Onscreen’s Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler, followed by a Q&A with Wexler himself, as well as tours of homes designed by Wexler.

Design Onscreen Looks Forward to 2011

So that’s a look back at this busy and rewarding year for Design Onscreen.  In 2011, we’re anticipating even more interest and support as awareness of our efforts.  So far on the calendar we’re looking forward to expanded line-ups for Architecture and Design Film Series in Palm Springs (Feb.) and Denver (Sept.), as well as some new cities to be announced.  We hope you’ll join us at these events and consider supporting our commitment to excellence in film and design with a donation.

From all of us at Design Onscreen, we wish you all the best for 2011.