Architecture & Design Film Festival Comes to L.A. in March

 After five years in New York City and Chicago, the Architecture & Design Film Festival is expanding to Los Angeles.

Held March 12-16 at the Los Angeles Theater Center, the festival will feature thirty feature-length and short films from around the world that explore architecture, art, design, fashion, and urban planning. Design icons such as Tadao Ando, Paul Smith, Paolo Soleri, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli are the among the film's subjects, and the festival will include the world premiere of a film about Eugene Tssui.

"Los Angeles' blend of architecture and passion for film make it a natural fit for the Architecture & Design Film Festival," said Kyle Bergman, the festival's founder and director. "There is no other city in the world  with this rich combination.   Our plan is to make LA a permanent part of the festival circuit that now includes New York and Chicago, expanding our scope from coast to coast."

Highlights include "If You Build It" by Patick Creadon (image shown), which follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, and "The Human Scale," which looks at the work of city planner Jan Gehl. The festival also explores the design heritage of Southern California with films such as "Levitated Mass," which is about a 340-ton granite bolder that was transported to become a permanent installation at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art.

The event also includes a series of panel discussions with designers and filmmakers, a Hennessy + Ingalls pop-up bookstore, and receptions. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $11 for AIA members, and $9 for students. Visit  adfilmfest.com  to for more information and to buy tickets.