Founded in 2013, by a musician and a stand up comedian, the New Urbanism Film Festival celebrates urban planning from the pedestrian perspective. The annual four day event in Los Angeles showcases short and feature length films submitted from around the world. The festival also hosts interactive events around the city that get audiences exploring, experiencing, and examining the built environment in fun new ways.
The New Urbanism Film Festival was created to move the conversation about urban planning out of the text book and beyond the council chambers and into the movie theater.
How we design our cities effects everyone, not just legislatively and academically, but in a real day to day sense. Safe sidewalks and open spaces encourage healthy lifestyle habits for ourselves and our community. Not to mention safe driving and more bicycling, etc.
To encourage a broader audience for planning conversations we founded a film festival. To generate better films about the issues of planning, we made it a competition. We hope that through the screenings of these films we will regenerate a dialogue between the academic, the advocate, the planner, and the public.
This year’s films:
“Can You Dig This?”
“East L.A. Interchange”
“Lutah: A Passion for Architecture, A Life of Design”
“Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland”
“Our Food Chain”