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5 to find: Cool movies from Tulsa’s upcoming Architecture & Design Film Festival

April 4, 2017 GMT

An acclaimed film festival showing movies about the best architecture and design from around the world is coming to Tulsa, presented by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival will screen more than 20 films at Circle Cinema, and that’s in addition to panel discussions, guest speakers and social events.

The film festival, staged in the past in New York and Los Angeles, has a schedule for the Tulsa event on the ADFF’s website, adfilmfest.com, while tickets for the films can be purchased at circlecinema.com or at the theater.

Here’s a preview of five of the most intriguing film events planned for this four-day event.

‘Getting Frank Gehry’

Frank Gehry’s stunning, controversial and highly debated works — like the University of Technology in Australia, Sydney’s new business school known to some as the “crumpled brown paper bag” — are the subject of this documentary. The film April 21 will be followed by a talk given by Paul Goldberger, with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author signing his own Gehry book. This post-film portion of the evening is free.

‘Fogo Island’

The festival’s opening night film shows off architect Todd Saunders’ buildings on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, which “embrace the excitement of being on the edge of nature and contemporary design,” according to the filmmakers, who display stunning photography of these sites over the island’s seven seasons. Co-director Katherine Knight will be on hand for an April 20 Q-and-A session.

‘Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future’

Eero Saarinen’s son is the director of photography, using the latest drone technology to film this April 22 documentary that follows him around as he visits his father’s most iconic works, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. It’s followed by director Peter Rosen answering questions.

‘Gray Matters’

The impressive career of architect and designer Eileen Gray, “whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture,” is shown in this April 22 film, followed by Paul Makovsky, editorial director of Metropolis magazine, answering audience questions.

‘If You Build It’

A pair of designer-activists “lead their students through a yearlong, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: It shows 10 teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible.” This April 22 film has a Q-and-A as well.