Architecture: ArCH at HCAF

For the third year, ArCH (Architecture Center Houston) joins forces with HCAF for its annual film festival.

Activating the City

Designing a dream city is easy; rebuilding a living one takes imagination.”
-Jane Jacobs

The modern city is controlled by political, financial and environmental factors that force neighborhoods into patterns of decline and regrowth. Architects throughout history – whether building anew or rectifying the past – believe in the utopian ideal that architecture can influence society for the better. This year’s ArCH film series investigates how citizens, developers, historians, politicians, designers, and community leaders activate the city within the parameters of policy.

Happy Hour Kick-Off Friday, November 10, 5:00 PM, Honeymoon Cafe
If You Build It Friday, November 10, 7:00 PM, Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Buffalo Bayou Walking Tour Saturday, November 11, 10:00 AM, 902 Commerce Street
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Saturday, November 11,  3:00 PM, Rice Cinema
I Look Up Film Challenge (shorts) Sunday, November 12, 7:00 PM, Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Columbus, Monday, November 13, 7:00 PM, Rice Cinema


Saving Brinton

Zahs is a retired teacher in Washington, Iowa, who rescued the precious collection of lost silent films and magic lanterns of Frank and Indiana Brinton. The charismatic archivist will present a selection of silent films and magic lantern slides from the Brinton Collection at the end of Sherburne’s film about his discovery.


Zefrey Throwell is a NYC-based artist who uses the mediums of film, performance, photography, and painting to orchestrate his inquisitive perspective. Throwell’s projects have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Artforum, and Art in America. Throwell has work in The Museum of Modern Art and other major collections.

Saving Brinton
with guest director Andrew Sherburne and archivist Michael Zahs.
November 11, 12:00 PM, Rice Cinema

with co-director Zefrey Throwell
November 11, 7:00pm Brasil


No Maps on My Taps/About Tap

During the 1970s and ’80s, George Nierenberg was one of the great documentarians of his time with brilliant, loving films of little-known performers, who have devoted their lives to their art. No Maps on My Taps and About Tap evitalized the tap dance and Nierenberg’s Say Amen, Somebody made stars of longtime gospel singers. Nierenberg’s films represent an enormous cinematic contribution to African American history and a love letter to these remarkable performers.

No Maps on My Taps/About Tap
with director George Nierenberg
November 12, 1:00 PM, MFAH

November 11, 9:15 PM, Café Brasil Patio

Rebels on Pointe
November 12, 7:00 PM, Café Brasil Patio