Using a multiplicity of formal cinematic devices (visual essays, animation, documentary), these shorts explore the relationship between humans and the space they inhabit. Discover American and international filmmakers’ perspectives on various architectural endeavors and oddities and the impact of architecture on our daily life and sensory experience. 58 min.
Veiled Sites will be preceded by winners of the AIA “Look Up Film Challenge.” Following the screenings Chuck Przybyl, Liviu Pasare and Irene Shum Allen will discuss the films.
Documenting an installation conceived by Fujiko Nakaya at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, Jonathan Turner demonstrates the transformative power of the artist’s installation and gives a penetrating view of the built environment. 9 min. Watch the trailer here.
Out of Breath
Dir. Sandy Pitetti
This thrilling animated flight through a city’s arteries combines skylines, childhood games, urban transit, and more, giving us new eyes to see the lines that structure our urban environments. 2 min.
INsite: A Document
Dir. Chuck Przybyl
The art duo Luftwerk, which projects light displays onto iconic buildings, has found their latest canvas. This visual essay shines fresh light on one of Illinois’ most iconic architectural sites: Mies van der Rohe’s famous Farnsworth House in Plano. 9 min.
Dir. Teresa Czepiec
Meet the diverse inhabitants of a colossal apartment building in this documentary filled with inventive camerawork, sophisticated sound design, and an unorthodox sense of humor. 20 min.
Dir. Arash Nassiri
France, US, Iran
Blending aerial views of Los Angeles and Tehran with documentary audio testimonies from Iranian citizens, this bird’s-eye visual essay draws a mesmerizing continuum between two of the world’s most fascinating megalopolises. 18 min.
Chuck Przybyl is a Chicago-based filmmaker and freelance Director of Photography. He known for his attention to detail and his distinct visual style. He works in a multitude of genres - bringing a visual elegance to documentaries and a heightened reality to narrative and commercial work. As a founder of Most Visual - video production - he has created impactful work with an emphasis on visual storytelling. His films have been featured at many film festivals worldwide including Raindance London and Chicago International Film Festival. Recent projects Chuck has worked on include the national Cities of Learning campaign, the “Skyline Stories” series for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and 12 For 12 a new series profiling Chicago brands.
Liviu has a Chicago based practice creating works and visual experiences using new media and technology. He works as a video designer, cinematographer, editor, animator and has produced, directed and performed for live multimedia experiences. He has been affiliated with theaters and artists such as Collaboraction, Redmoon, Manual Cinema, Blue Man Group, The Seldoms, Claudia Hart, Maria Marshall, Takao Kawaguchi and has been thriving amongst Luftwerk for over 5 years.
Irene Shum is the Curator and Collections Manager of the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She joined the Glass House in 2007 prior to the site's public opening and has organized its exhibitions, collections, conservation projects, programs and publications since, most notably "Fujiko Nakaya: Veil" in 2014 which was widely acclaimed and received numerous awards. Prior to joining the Glass House, Irene organized "Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape," the Museum of Modern Art's first survey on landscape architecture. She also worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.