Modernism, Inc.

75 minutes · United States · 2023

Architect Eliot Noyes is a transitional figure in the history of American design. Educated by Walter Gropius at Harvard, Noyes brings a modernist approach to corporate America. His impact on companies like IBM and Mobil paved the way for Apple and many of the other design-conscious brands we know today. Modernism, Inc. follows Noyes’ career up to a time when disruptive designers of the early 70s began pushing back against the status quo. This is Director Jason Cohn’s second film at ADFF, after Eames: The Architect and the Painter showed at the 2011 festival. With this year’s film, the director considers contemporary questions about the role of a designer in today’s world.

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The Saturday (2/3) program will be preceded by an introduction featuring filmmaker Jason Cohn and the Sunday (2/4) program will be followed with a Q&A featuring filmmaker Jason Cohn.

Ticket buyers for the Saturday (2/3) show are invited to attend a private happy hour reception in the ADFF lounge preceding the screening, beginning at 6:45 PM.

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Director:Jason Cohn
Runtime:75 minutes
Country:United States

The ADFF:CHICAGO Short Film Program will be showing on a continuous loop in the Chicago Gallery and is free and open to everyone. Read about the short films here.

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