Colorado Springs

Monday February 27th at 6pm

Date: February 27th, 2017
Type: Screening & Lectures
Venue Name: Richard F. Celeste Theater, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Venue Address: 825 N. Cascade Ave.
City: Colorado Springs, CO

The second in the City Center Series for 2017, the New Urbanism Film Festival moves the conversation about urban planning out of the textbook and beyond the council chambers and into the movie theater.

Join us for 90 minutes of short films selected to address issues and ideas specific to Colorado Springs.

Presenting sponsor, Colorado College.
Evening sponsor, Pikes Peak Community College.

Tickets, $10 per session or $30 for the entire series. Learn more about the City Center Series at

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Line Up

1. New Urbanism Built to Last

2. Urban Planning A to Z

3. Great Streets for LA

(Winner Best Urban Design Film 2016)

4. Awesome Tampa Bay

(Winner Best Tactical Urbanism Film 2014)

5. DTLA Street Futures

(Winner Best Active Transportation Film 2016)

5. Denver ALMOST has one of the worlds greatest public squares

6. Cerebral City

(Winner Best Urban Design Film 2015)

7. Suburban Sprawl is a Ponzi Scheme

8. A Conservative State Builds Progressive Transit

9. The Fresno Miracle

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Grand Rapids

A special thanks to Jan van der Woerd and Jay Hoekstra for organizing our screening in Grand Rapids.


The screening will take place Jan 12th at 7pm at the Wealthy Theatre


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(I’ve heard from Jan that it will likely be a sold out show. So get your tickets early. )


Here’s the line up of the films you will see.

Built to Last

The Edge of Memphis

Salt Lake City, Utah: A Conservative State Builds Progressive

I’d Rather Stay

Road to School

Finding America – The Fresh Prince of Anacostia


The North Parker

Seaside: City of Ideas

Future: Portland

Thoughts on Parking

Great Streets for LA

DTLA Street Futures

Nomadic Community Gardens

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After the Grand Rapids screening we return to Los Angeles for two private screenings for Azusa Pacific University and CicLAvia and our encore screening event which is open to the public. Then we are on the road again in Colorado Springs, Houston, and Seattle in the Spring.

If you would like to organize a screening of films from the New Urbanism Film Festival in your town, please contact us.

San Antonio Screening

Announcing the line up for our screening in San Antonio!

Wed, November 16, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM CST
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Alamo Beer Company
415 Burnet St.
San Antonio, Texas 78202
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Sprawlanta – The New Urban development of Glenwood Park provides an option to and path forward from Atlanta’s sprawl.

Cerebral City – A young woman explores the laneways and streets of Melbourne and discovers life and herself in the city.

The Idea District – San Diego’s last major infill opportunity.

The Northparker – A look at a single building and how it helps to give shape to the public realm.

Some Things You Might See While in Amsterdam – Bikes involved!

I’d Rather Stay – Seniors in cities and suburbs discuss how the built environment impacts their lives.

Utah Transit – Salt Lake City shows how transit isn’t just for blue-state cities.

Work With the Landscape – Excerpt from the Pandemonium Series with Rob Cowan.

Brooklyn Farmer – Leaving a corporate job to farm on top of city roofs has its risks and rewards.


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Winner: Best of Fest

Art of Recovery

The Art of Recovery is a beautiful love letter from director Peter Young to his neighbors in Christchurch whose resilience and artistic vision helped revitalize the central city after a devastating earthquake destroyed 1800 buildings in the city they called home.  The feature length documentary is an inspiring and poignant reflection on the grassroots efforts and “tactical urbanism” employed to keep the city alive and its spirits up during the rebuilding.  Audience members were inspired by all of the projects chronicled in the film, and noted that feature films could be made on each of those projects.

Winner: Best Feature

Art of Recovery


Winner: Best Urban Design Film

Great Streets for Los Angeles

This film from Carter Rubin & Team chronicles the Street Beats project to reimagine the intersection of Crenshaw and Florence as part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative. The film empowers audiences to reimagine, redesign and reclaim their streets to make them safe and hospitable for everyone.

Winner: Best Active Transportation Film

DTLA Street Futures

Karl Baumann’s short film about CicLAvia and other local experiments in reimagining transportation in Los Angeles offers inspiring perspectives on LA’s streets and their potential.

Winner: Best Architecture Film

Through the Place

Daniel Lovering’s feature length documentary about the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation’s effort to preserve the architecture and public spaces of the historic city is a sweeping, beautiful and inspiring story of community engagement and resilience.

Winner: Best Urbanism Sociology Film

Downtown: A New American Dream

Andy Cline’s feature length documentary traces the development of a new American Dream: living in dense, diverse, walkable communities in the center of the city.  The feature provides audiences with plenty of history and reporting on the cultural shift to urban cores.

Winner: Best of Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge


One of the most pressing issues facing the urban environment is the plight of people experiencing homelessness.  Matt Gamboa chose the topic at our NUFF Talks event and worked with the presenter Scott Sale to capture the hope that the Coordinated Entry System (CES) offers in the struggle to end homelessness in Los Angeles.  Watch the film here: Neighbors.

Winner: Best Healthy Cities Film

Nomadic Community Gardens

A nonprofit group in London demonstrates that temporary gardens in empty lots can help build community.

Winner: Best Community Development Film

Julian Price

One man had a clear vision and the means to build up a town, and support its small businesses, artists and local leaders. Julian Price is his name and the title of this 33 minute documentary.  The film chronicles his discovery and courtship of the town, and his lasting influence on the community.  Audiences at the festival were in awe of the influence one man can have when he invests himself to a place over decades and were inspired to invest in their own neighborhood starting today.

Honorable Mentions:

Cycling Without Age: FINN

People of all ages have a need to physically interact with the world in an intimate way. Audiences were moved by Finn’s celebration of the “freedom to feel the wind in your hair.”

Finding America: The Fresh Prince of Anacostia

This short film profiles Kymone Freeman, who is the programming director of We Act Radio station in Anacostia. He’s using the station to promote local culture and perspective in the face of the onslaught of gentrification and displacement.  Audiences were endeared to Kymone’s movement and eager to learn and to listen!

Velo Visionaries: Alicia Tapia

Audiences appreciated seeing bicycles in a new way: as an agent of community outreach and economic development.

At the Corner of Change

Audiences enjoyed this new perspective on a Portland neighborhood and how transportation options can help preserve the integrity of the neighborhood and community.

Denver Almost Has One of the World’s Greatest Public Squares

This short YouTube film has caught the attention of planners in Denver and is affecting change.  Audiences were encouraged by the possibility that films can renew conversation about planning.


9 NUFF Talks videos

Did you miss out on attending the NUFF Talks event held last Thursday at the Helms Design Center?  Well now you can watch videos of the 9 presentations given that night.  And be sure not to miss out on the premiere of the films that are being made inspired by these presentations!  Sunday October 9th at 7pm at the Helms Design Center, 8745 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232

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This week, filmmakers are turning these presentations into 3-5 minute documentaries. See the premiere of these mini-docs at our closing night awards ceremony.  Sunday October 9th at 7pm at the Helms Design Center.

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Top 3 to See

Top Three to See at NUFF2016

by Hollis McLachlan

I am thrilled to be on the board of directors for NUFF2016. I am an actor, filmmaker, non-profit director, and recently the founder and producer of the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. While my experience with urbanism may be a bit “pedestrian,” I am happy to advise the festival on better integrating with the filmmaking community.
I had the privilege to preview some of the films submitted to NUFF this year. I found them thought provoking and inspiring. While I haven’t had the opportunity to screen every film submitted to this year’s NUFF,  of the films I have watched, I highly suggest you try to catch these three:

1.   Art of Recovery

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The opening night feature is an amazing tale of resilience, creativity, and love for a city.  Beautifully shot, this story will impress and inspire.

2.   Finding America: The Fresh Prince of Anacostia

20160712_anacostia_thumb2Saturday at 2pm
In the “Growing Community” short films screening, this 6 minute short film profiles Kymone Freeman and his independent radio station which he uses to boost local culture and ward off displacement.

3.   Julian Price

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This is a 33 minute short film about Asheville, NC.  Julian Price was a great benefactor to the small mountain town. His love for the place led him to invest in the community by every means possible including supporting small businesses with loans and grants, investing in the restoration of historic buildings, and even simply picking up trash and planting trees. He was more than a philanthropist, he believed in people and in a town.

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About Hollis

Hollis is the founder and producer of the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.  LADFF is currently accepting submissions now through January 31, 2017.  The 4th edition of the festival will be held in the Summer of 2017.

Video Invitation: Chris Jones

Chris Jones is an urbanist living/working/studying in Denver, CO.  His youtube videos are quick, fun explanations of key New Urbanist concepts. In fact, his video “Denver ALMOST has the one of the world’s greatest public squares” garnered the attention of Denver planners.  The Wynkoop Plaza redesign Chris suggests in his video is now under official review.

Chris has two short films in the festival this year, but you can check out more on his youtube channel, Pickled Entropy.  

Chris invites you to join him at #NUFF2016

Chris will be attending the festival, so be sure to grab a coffee or a beer and hang out in the parklet.

The New Urbanism Film Festival is in Los Angeles October 6-9

Chris’ films play on Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 8pm