Films Announced For 2014 New Urbanism Film Festival

Feature Films Slated Each Night of New Urbanism Film Festival, November 6-9


For immediate release:  Los Angeles, CA – October 7, 2014 – The four nights at the only film festival that addresses urban design from the pedestrian level, New Urbanism Film Festival 2014 second edition, will highlight four feature films that speak about cycling, urban farms, trains and remaking America.  The films are all followed by discussion panels with the filmmakers, civic leaders, beautiful presentations with architects and the audience.  The Festival runs November 6-9th at the ACME Theater 135 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles CA 90036 Prime time screenings are announced as follows:


American Makeover, the feature film documentary slated to open the Festival on Thursday night, November 6th, is a powerfully demonstrative tale of four American cities in the quest for the antidote to suburban sprawl. “We’re hoping to remind audiences of the harms of sprawl, but really focus on the solution, which comes down to how we design towns and communities,“ says Dr. Chris Elisara of First+Main Media. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and local urbanists.

 trainsforming america the movie

Trainsforming America will screen on Friday evening, November 7th. It addresses the imperative need of high-speed rail in America from the awareness and funding provided by the US Government to the actual need of every-day Americans across the country.  “The reason I made this film is because I feel a heightened sense of responsibility to do whatever I can to ensure that my generation’s opportunities are no longer car dependent,” film-director Rebecca Autumn Sansom told Inhabitat.

The film is followed by a presentation on the new Master Plan for the Los Angeles Union Station conducted by Debra Gerod, FAIA of Gruen Associates, the firm responsible for the master plan. The new plan aims to encompass all forms of transit including biking, walking, buses, local and regional trains, and even the LA River.  “We understood that to be successful, it was vital to find ways to enhance bicycle and pedestrian connections between the station and all of the many surrounding communities.” explains Debra Gerod, FAIA.

The presentation is followed by an on-stage interview of Ms. Gerod by the film’s director, Ms. Sansom.

Power To The Pedals, the film scheduled on Saturday night, November 8th, follows its young heroine, Wenzday Jane, a former child of public housing into her rebuild life focused on recycling transportation through her business on cargo tricycle vehicles reshaping communities in Boston, Cambridge and Sommerville, MA.  “Bikes represent self-reliance and autonomy.” chimes Wendzay Jane.  Designing her own cargo trikes and creating a business around them, Wendzday is lowering the footprint of our transportation system, one bicycle at a time.  “Shot in an intimate, lyrical style, the documentary follows her as she builds an organization of riders and cargo bicycles that work in agriculture, food delivery, composting, recycling and waste-hauling – plus community building” – the film’s director Bob Nesson explains.

The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director Bob Nesson and civic leaders.


Plant This Movie on closing night, Sunday, November 9th, takes us across the globe looking at metropolises where their citizens are growing their own food right where they live.  And they want you to join them!

“Plant This Movie” explores the zeitgeist of urban farming around the world, from the incredible story of Havana, Cuba to communities of urban farmers in cities as diverse as Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, London, and Lima.  In the US, the story focuses on New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon.  The film is narrated by actress Daryl Hannah.

The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and local activist gardeners.



About New Urbanism Film Festival: The New Urbanism Film Festival is the only film festival that addresses urban design from the pedestrian level to inspire civic activism.   The Festival is a four day immersive experience of documentary films, events, tours, workshops and conversations opening a meaningful dialogue, about revitalizing neighborhoods and cities into walkable, healthy, diverse, thriving places, between planners, developers, architects, engineers, public officials, investors, community activists and the general public.  The films are worldwide submissions, documenting improved urban shifts from city-wide projects to individual-sized ones.  The best films in the categories of architecture, bicycles, economic development, healthy cities, street art and public art, tactical urbanism and urban design go on to win the New Urbanism Film Festival competition and are screened around the country by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU).  This year the New Urbanism Film Festival will return to Los Angeles, November 6th through 9th, at the ACME Theater.

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