Celebrate the best in films on architecture and design at nine special screening events, including stimulating discussions with dynamic filmmakers, architects and design experts, plus receptions hosted by Denver’s favorite eateries. Films will screen on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons during the Series, with a special closing night screening and reception on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 1.

All evening films in the Series are Colorado premieres!

Sponsor line-up includes AIA’s Denver Chapter and Colorado Chapter; ModDenHomes.com; Department of Architecture, University of Colorado Denver; Modern in Denver Magazine; Vega Architecture; the Design Council at the Denver Art Museum; and KUNC.  Sponsorship opportunities for the Series and individual screening are still available. For more information contact: Ann Collier at ann@denverfilm.org or Design Onscreen at info@designonscreen.org.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.denverfilm.org.  Series Passes are also available.



How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

(2010, Directors Norberto Lopez Amado and Carlos Carcas, 73 minutes)
Thursday September 8, 2011, 7pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)
Post-screening Q&A with China-based architect and CU Visiting Professor Scott Findley
Reception to follow at Chlóe Mezze Lounge | 1445 Market Street | Denver, CO 80202
In partnership with Architecture for Humanity

The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create.

Antwerp Central Station

(2010, Director Peter Krüger, 90 minutes)
Saturday September 10, 2011, 2pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)
Grand Prize Winner at 2011 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal
Post-screening discussion and architectural tour of the Lowenstein CulturePlex with Architect Chris Wineman of Semple Brown.
Continuing Education credit available for AIA members (self-reported credits)

Between past and present, between dream and reality, a mildly ironic and contemplative look at Antwerp’s central station, considered one of the finest examples of railway architecture in Belgium. The Antwerp station embodies the spirit of the Industrial Revolution, which saw railway stations and railroads flourish across Europe, with its architecture that combines glass and metal. In the late nineteenth century, engineer Clément Van Bogaert created the 43-metre high glass dome designed by architect Louis de la Censerie to keep the smoke from the steam locomotives away from travellers. The film presents a kaleidoscopic impression of the station, with an ongoing interplay of its historical, realistic and poetic dimensions.

Bauhaus: Model and Myth

(1998-2009, Directors Niels Bolbrinker and Kerstin Stutterheim, 103 minutes)
Thursday September 15, 2011, 7pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)
With CU Architecture Professor Taisto Makela in person
Reception to follow at Linger | 2030 W 30th Ave | Denver, CO 80211

and at Lola | 1575 Boulder St | Denver, CO 80211





Founded in Weimar in 1919, the Bauhaus school, which sought to reconcile the arts and crafts and create a new aesthetic that would serve industry, was undeniably the twentieth century’s most important school of art, design and architecture. Considered today as a reference, the Bauhaus is more than just cubic buildings and steel tube chairs. The faculty included leading artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer, and architects such as Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. The film looks at the post-World War I origins of the Bauhaus and its revolutionary influence. It reveals the real story behind its closing and the political collusion among some of its members under Nazi Germany, based on accounts by alumni and archival excerpts that reveal the visions of some of the school’s former teachers.

Space Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm

(2010, Directors Laura Harrison and Elizabeth Federici, 78 minutes)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 2pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)

Post-screening discussion to follow with David Grooms of Vega Architects.
Continuing Education credit available for AIA members (self-reported credits)

Sponsored by Vega Architecture

Most recognized for the iconic Texas land-art piece, Cadillac Ranch, the 1970s art/architecture collective Ant Farm questioned the boundaries of architecture and everything else in the process. This is the first film to delve into the work of these renegade explorers in both architecture and performance art. Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators, the Ant Farmers created a body of deeply subversive work that presaged today’s cultural landscape.

Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs

(2011, Director Jake Gorst, 58 minutes)
Thursday September 22, 2011, 7pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)
With architectural historian and author Alan Hess in person
Reception to follow at Mod Livin’ | 5327 E. Colfax Ave | Denver, CO 80220
with “Dessert Utopia” provided by Pastel Bakery and El Olvido

Sponsored by Modern in Denver magazine

This documentary traces the origins and growth of midcentury architecture in the modernist mecca of Palm Springs, California.  The city boasts many landmark buildings by such modernist pioneers as Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, William Cody and William Krisel.  Jake Gorst’s film brings these unique structures alive and features never-before-seen archival footage of the architects and construction that made Palm Springs a unique gem of design in the desert.

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

(2009, Director Eric Bricker, 83 minutes)
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 2pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)

Post-screening discussion to follow with architectural historian Alan Hess.
Continuing Education credit available for AIA members (self-reported credits)


Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

EAMES: The Architect and the Painter – World Premiere Screening!

(2011, Director Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey,  81 minutes)

Thursday September 29, 2011, 7pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)
Post-screening Q&A with Director Jason Cohn
Reception to follow at Encore | 2550 East Colfax Ave | Denver, CO 80206
Sponsored by ModDenHomes.com
In partnership with Women in Design

EAMES: The Architect and the Painter is the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film to peer inside their collaboration, their marriage and the “Renaissance studio” they created in a gritty ware- house in Venice, CA. Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from a trove of archival material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced in mind- boggling volume by Charles, Ray, and their staff during the hyper-creative forty years of the Eames Office. Family mem- bers and design historians help guide the story, but it is in interviews with the junior designers swept into the “24-7” world of “The Eamery,” that a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team really emerges. Slated to screen on PBS’ American Masters on Dec. 19th.




Bird’s Nest: Herzog and de Meuron in China

(2008, Directors Christoph Schaub and Michael Schindhelm, 88 minutes)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 2pm at the Denver FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax in the Lowenstein CulturePlex)
Post-screening discussion to follow with China-based architect Scott Findley, Design Partner with 10 Design. Continuing Education credit available for AIA members (self-reported credits)

Many events for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games took place in the brand new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. Design plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which because of its curved steel-net walls was soon dubbed by locals as the “bird’s nest.” BIRD’S NEST chronicles this five-year effort, as well as Herzog and de Meuron’s design for a new city district in Jinhua, involving hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. Herzog and de Meuron, the Basle-based architects, find themselves working with China’s largest state construction company, Chinese artist and architect Ai Wei Wei, lawyers, and countless government bureaucrats.


New Beijing: Reinventing a City

(2009, Director Georgia Wallace-Crabbe, 53 minutes)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 7pm at the Denver Art Museum’s Sharp Auditorium
Sponsored by the Department of Architecture, University of Colorado Denver and the Design Council at the Denver Art Museum

With Min Wang, Design Director for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in person
GALA CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION at RedLine Gallery in Association with the Cumulus International Design

Beijing is at the center of a building boom unprecedented in the history of humanity, with contributions by some of the world’s most celebrated architects. French architect Paul Andreu (the new opera house), Australian John Bilmon (the national aquatics center), Ole Scheeren of the Dutch agency OMA (CCTV’s head office) and Rory McGowan of the engineering firm ARUP take viewers on a tour of their achievements. At the same time, photographer and social activist Zhang Jinqi, accompanied by residents from six other Chinese cities, documents old Beijing neighborhoods before their demolition, raising many questions on the country’s future and the preservation of its cultural heritage.