Short Films Program II: Inspired by Materials

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Virtual Cinema Thu, Nov 19 5:00 PM - Thu, Dec 3 11:59 PM
Introduction TBA
Q&A after the film with: Director



Inspired by Materials


This program features the material choices by architects and designers as the central character of each film. The range of films is broad including the last operating basalt quarry in Spain that supplied stone to Gaudi; the transformation of a natural disaster in Italy into the artistic expression of a theatrical stage set; a gathering place in Montana designed by a celebrated architect that evokes the interior layers of a tree; and a memorial built on the site of a sacred and historical space in Arkansas



2020 / 21 min / Spain

Director: Kike Barberà, Oscar Blasco, Sergi Carulla

In the small town of Castellfollit de la Roca in Catalonia, Spain is the last active basalt quarry in the country that still supplies stone.  Picapedrers is a journey through these stone landscapes, the people who work there, and the architects who hope to use this beautiful, natural material.


Xylem, the Heart of the Tree

2020 / 10 min / USA

Director: Emily Rund

Named to evoke the vital internal layers of a tree’s living structure, Xylem, designed by celebrated architect Francis Kéré, is a place where visitors may gather to converse, contemplate the views of the aspen and cottonwood trees near the bank of the creek, or sit and meditate in solitude. Xylem is part of the Tippet Rise Art Center located in Fishtail, Montana. Tippet Rise celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each making the others more powerful.



2020 / 16 mins / Italy

Director: Stefano Santamato

In one single night, in October 2018, rain and wind tore down 14 million trees, transforming a lush mountain landscape in northern Italy into an apocalyptic ground, with environmental consequences that will affect life in the area for many decades to come. In Carnia, one of the worst hit areas, 400 of those trunks were retrieved, and from there travelled to Syracuse, at the opposite end of Italy, where on the Greek theater stage they gained a last role, as mute witnesses of both tragedies.


Inspired Architecture: Permanent Camping

2020 / 15 min / Australia

Director: Jim Lounsbury


Conceived as a retreat for one or two people, the building has a minimal 3x3m footprint to provide shelter. Located on a remote, pristine mountain on a sheep station outside Mudgee, NSW, Australia, it's situated at the edge of a ridge surrounded by large granite boulders and ancient dead trees, with panoramic views for hundreds of miles to the horizon.


Of Concrete and Skin: The Story of the Elaine Massacre Memorial

2020 /  12:16 min / USA

Director: Nolan Dean

Of Concrete and Skin tells the story of the design, construction and significance of The Elaine Massacre Memorial in Helena, Arkansas — a memorial dedicated to the victims of one of the deadliest and most forgotten racial conflicts in United States history.

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