Art, Architecture and Design
Launched in 2009, the Newport Beach Film Festival Art, Architecture + Design Film Series spotlights films celebrating art, architecture, design, fashion, photography and modernism. The series highlights icons of the creative world whose achievements have influenced, intrigued, and inspired a multitude of designers, curators, artists, historians and independent filmmakers. The international showcase of films explores both historical and contemporary subjects, projects, concepts from the artistic realm that have defined visual cultures around the globe, both past and present. The Art, Architecture + Design Film Series aims to educate, enrich, inspire and engage audiences through cinema.
Past notable AA+D films include Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, Art & Copy, Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner, Herb and Dorothy, Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, The Great Contemporary Art Bubble, Journeyman Architect: the Life and Work of Donald Wexler, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, William Krisel, Architect, Saving Lieb House, Typeface, Ray Kappe: California Modern Master and Studio Gang Architects / Aqua Tower, A Light in the Dark: The Art & Life of Frank Mason and screenings of Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon, Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day, Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm.
Its presentation of films relating to art, architecture, and design has become one of the best-curated collections in the country.” Elliot Kotek, Editor-in-Chief – Moving Pictures Magazine
Since 2009, the NBFF has presented select AA+D films at the Cinema Orange film series at the Orange County Museum of Art.
Upcoming Events › A A + D
Events List Navigation
Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King In the past decade, the lines between life and lifelike have become blurred, with art and technology taking strides to close the gap in an increasingly visual world. Sculptor Elizabeth King has dared to mix the classical and automata, resulting in hyper-realistic creations. The film focuses on the artist at a turning point in her career as she puzzles over the ideas of art, animation, and how to challenge viewers of her work…Find out more »
Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, aided in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the USA. Through his innate curiosity of the American landscape, he developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature. This is evident by his work on the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, the New York Museum of Modern Art, as well as his Kocher-Samson Building in Palm Springs. Featuring Frey's early life up until 1939, it is…Find out more »
Yayoi Kusama was born into a conservative family in Japan, but during the 1960s she moved to America where she first had her brush with fame. She garnered enough attention from the press that she rivaled Andy Warhol, and she eventually went on to international fame in the art world. Now in her 80's, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan. Q&A with Director Heather Lenz following the screening.Find out more »
When a designer decides to create one final suit, the result is hundreds of hours and thousands of stitches worth of work. From conception to final product, none can say the creation of The Clothes is an easy task, but thousands of people around the world still take up this art daily. This documentary gives insight into the world of fabric and thread as a designer shares their creative process, along with the highs, lows, and backfires that occur within…Find out more »
After World War II, futurism exploded like never before, with the world imagining what the new century of 2000 and beyond could hold. This phenomenon resulted in shows like "The Jetsons" and expositions like Walt Disney's "Tomorrowland", with artists jumping on to create colorful and chrome futures on paper. A glimpse into the future through the life of Arthur Radebaugh, the man responsible for the "Closer Than We Think!" comics and how the rise of futurism affected the present.Find out more »
Behind every architect and builder is an artist who takes designs and ideas, morphing them into beautiful images for everyone to understand. Chesley Bonestell was this artist, yet very few know his name. He worked on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chrysler Building, as a matte artist on famous movies like Citizen Kane, and his mesmerizing paintings of planets and star systems helped jumpstart America’s space program. His iconic “Saturn As Seen From Titan”, became known as “the painting…Find out more »
Penny Slinger - Out of the Shadows The incredible, untold story of the pioneering British artist Penny Slinger, who came of age in London's 1960s counter-culture with a radical vision of female sexuality. Such was Penny's initial success that in 1971 Rolling Stone Magazine predicted her work would one day be "as ubiquitous as The Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper'. Yet by the end of the 1970s, Penny Slinger had 'disappeared.' Richard Kovitch's film explores this extraordinary body of work and shows…Find out more »
The city of Los Angeles is known for many things; celebrities, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and much more. Yet, as one walks down its iconic streets, it is impossible to miss some of the beautiful architecture that makes the city unique. City Hall, Bullock's Wilshire, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are just a handful of magnificent buildings designed by architect John Parkinson. Within his lifetime, one extraordinary architect had a hand in many of the city’s most beloved iconic landmarks…Find out more »