By Helen Ly
There are two days left to take in The Architecture & Design Film Festival, the showcase of films, panel discussions, book signings, and the chance to pick the brains of design experts during Q&A sessions.
Tickets to film programs are $14. The films screen at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (514 S. Spring Street).
Here are a few films for Saturday and Sunday.
RIVER: Los Angeles River lovers, eco-friendly types, and urban explorers may connect with “Lost Rivers,” the documentary directed by Caroline Bacle that’s a global look around the globe in search of rivers lost to years or centuries of urban development. Many of these rivers, which became polluted over time and built over, were forgotten by the city dwellers above. Together with urban explores, activists and artists, we delve underground to locate these rivers and search for possibilities of what lies ahead for these natural landmarks. "Lost Rivers" second screening, with "Slingshot," is on Saturday, March 15 at 8:30 p.m.
RAVINE: Though the story has been told before, a film that will interest Angelenos is “Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story” (2003), the city swindle that swept Mexican-Americans out of the hills for a baseball field. The documentary -- written, directed, and edited by Jordan Mechner -- is an emotional story of homes condemned for construction of low-income housing, that due to politics and Red Scare was never built, and Dodger Stadium coming in is a history most Angelenos know. Interviews and clips from city officials and Dodger reps attempt to assure no harm was intended. There’s still residue of bitterness from former Ravine residents who, to this day, will not attend a Dodger game. "They took my land for a game of ball" says one former resident. “Chavez Ravine” will be screened with “The Absent Column” and “The Oyler House: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat” on Sunday, March 16. at 4 p.m.
ROCK: Staring at a rock has never been more exciting. Another film at ADFF is “Levitated Mass” (2013), the Doug Pray documentary about the monumental task of moving the two-story, 340-ton boulder from Riverside County to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012. Pray’s camera tracks artist Michael Heizer and his land sculpture on the 105 mile journey, giving us a glimpse of treacherous manuvering through the streerts, and bureaucratic red tape not seen on the news or on social network. The film screens Sunday, March 16 at 4:15 p.m.
Also: If you wondered what it's like scaling a downtown skyscraper, the short film "Paraiso" is a look in the lives of three window washers cleaning Chicago's tallest building. "Paraiso" and "Midst of Things" screen on Saturday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 2:15 p.m.