BBC Design Documentaries at SVA

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Last chance to get tickets to the SVA / BBC Design Documentary Film Festival. Last chance to see these BBC documentary films.

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) Graduate Design Programs will host the SVA / BBC Design Film Festival at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York (Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 1 – 9 pm). Curated by MFA Design co-chair Steven Heller and MFA D-Crit faculty member Adam Harrison Levy.

The five films scheduled for screening examine the future of the book, the histories of Levi’s 501 Jeans, the Sony Walkman, the Barcelona chair, and spotlight the real life stories of the advertising men and women who inspired the fictional series MAD MEN (which starts its new season on March 25).

This unique design film festival will mark the New York premiere of Books: the Last Chapter? an inventive and thought-provoking documentary about the fate of the book in the age of the iPad, Kindle and Nook. Writers including Gary Shteyngart and Douglas Coupland, literary agents, publishing entrepreneurs and others weigh in on the most crucial question facing our culture today – where goes paper and printing?

There will be a onetime screening of Selling the Sixties: How Madison Avenue Invented a Decade, a film that tells the story of the advertising world that inspired the hit television series MAD MEN. The film includes interviews with luminaries such as author Gay Talese and legendary advertising creative director George Lois to tell the story of consumerism in America and its discontents. Lois will take questions after the film.

The festival will also spotlight the film-making career of Alan Yentob, an award winning film-maker and Controller of BBC2 where he commissioned the first films that focused specifically on design. He has since become the Creative Director of the BBC and is the presenter of the arts series Imagine. Mr. Yentob will be in a conversation with Adam Harrison Levy after the film.

A day pass ($15) will give you access to the films and discussions. Reserve your seat(s) HERE by ordering your ticket(s) at Eventbrite. And join us on March 24 starting at 1 pm.

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