Films, Videos and Video-Blogs by Rick Meghiddo
52. The Wright Way – An overture – June 30, 2017 / (17:21’)
Why Wright now? What can a man born 150 years ago, tell to a young generation of architects likely to be responsible for the invention of the future? This documentary is intended to emphasize the link between Wright ideas and the needs of tomorrow.
51. Netflix Night – June 1, 2017 / (2:55’)
Following a 14-hour non-stop day, partying was not on our minds. Nevertheless, IDA’s (International Documentary Association) “Awards Spotlight” event at Netflix, in Beverly Hills, sounded promising. We decided to stretch ourselves and go. Surprise! Besides a large public of documentarians and a panel of four accomplished directors, Netflix’s ambiance was spectacular. With my iPhone at hand, I couldn’t resist shooting an unscripted short doc.
50. Tongva Park and the Angelbird – May 5, 2017 / (5:33′)
Tongva Park in Santa Monica is a unique model of sustainability and Organic Architecture, sensitive to the site’s geological and human history. It was designed by James Corner Field Operations to turn the area into “a new destination and gathering place of great social, ecological, and symbolic value.”
- Architecture in a Nutshell – April 6, 2017 / (9:20’)
This brief introduction to the meaning and value of architecture is a synopsis of the history of architecture, the main principles that guide architectural design thinking, and the process of proceeding from dreams and ideas to actual buildings. Architectural and filmmaking experience are here combined to convey a complex multiple layers of knowledge with clarity
- Normality “Lo-Normali” – March 20, 2017 / (4:56’)
This video brings up contrasts on normal life in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It is a “NORMALITY LO-NORMALI.” It defeats prejudices and misconceptions about Israel’s reality.
- From Architecture to Urban Farming – December 26, 2016 / (13:18’)
Ruth Meghiddo presents the case of urban farming as an important movement to tackle some of the problems of the 21st century. Her personal story tells us how she evolved her practice as an architect to embrace urban farming. This documentary includes samples of existing and future urban farms, and testimonials.
- The City that Never Sleeps – September 29, 2016 / (18:24’)
Tel Aviv, “The City that Never Sleeps,” is on its way to become one of the world’s great metropolitan areas. The documentary focuses on both people and spaces for people. A sense of informal freedom takes the viewer through many aspects of its reality, in plain contrast with the one commonly delivered by the media.
- Jerusalem Journal – August 30, 2016 (28:36’)
Jerusalem Journal attempts to capture meaningful aspects of the world’s most complex city. During three non-consecutive days I walked miles through some of its sections, old and new. The light rail traveling provided me with an opportunity to encounter people of all walks of lives, faiths and nationalities. In Jerusalem discovery, within and without, is a non-ending process.
- Cabri – August 16, 2016 (5:58’)
Cabri is a kibbutz in Western Galilee. It includes the Gottesman Etching Center and an art gallery. For many years it was the residence place of sculptor Yechiel Shemi, Israel Prize winner and the first Israeli artist from whom New York’s Museum of Modern Art acquired work. The video shows an opening dedicated to artist Tobi Harel and to poet Ronny Someck, yet its message goes beyond that. It shows that contemporary art production can grow not only in an urban environment, but it can flourish in the country as well.
- Morning Walk – July 20, 2016 (5:26’)
“Morning Walk” is a reflection of both my feelings as a former resident of Ramat Aviv (1992 – 2002), which also includes the Tel Aviv University, and as a daily walker at the present time. My observations through the lens of a camera try to capture some of the elements that show normality within abnormality.
- White Night – July 2, 2016 (3:46’)
Tel Aviv, “the city that never sleeps,” becomes once a year, during White Night, a place where nobody seems to sleep at all: youngsters, adults and children flow into tens of events throughout its annual “White Night.” Cities are not just the accumulation of buildings, streets and open spaces. They are the focal point of culture. For those intoxicated with negative news from the Middle East, this video may offer another viewpoint.
- Pride or Revolt? – June 5, 2016 (5:27’)
Tel Aviv’s 18th annual Pride Parade joins similar manifestations around the world to assert tolerance and equal rights for all, except that…this event, under the particular situation of the Middle East, and given Israel’s political map, is not just about personal liberty. It is about freedom from coercion of any kind. What I see in “The State of Tel Aviv” are symptoms of a revolt against all establishments. This is likely to have major political implications for the future of the country and of the region and, possibly, a re-evaluation of architecture and urban design.
- Tel Aviv Museum of Art – May 4, 2016 (7:04’)
- What I See From Here – April 25, 2016 (13:41’)
An open-ended three-week visual diary of my come back to Israel, after a fifteen-year absence. The territory covered in the timeline is very small: fractions of Tel Aviv and includes a two-day visit to the Technion in Haifa. The filmic choices are twofold: people and spaces for people. A first impression from a complex country.
- Lia – A Life Journey from Bucharest to Beverly Hills – March 21, 2016 (33:27’)
At ninety, Lia Zisman’s brings up stories from WW II and its aftermath as a token sample of a full life. With eloquence and clarity, Lia takes us from Bucharest to pre-independence Israel, to post-war Paris, to Quito, to Lima, to La Chaux-de-Fonds, to Beverly Hills. Her vitality and positive spirit is inspiring.
- The Broad: Art and People under a Veil – February 18, 2016 (8:33’)
The Broad was inaugurated in September 2015. It is a social experience. People discovering art, discovering other people. Moving around in all directions looking at art, shooting selfies with artworks as their background. There is no linear itinerary, no sequence to follow. The spiritual aspect of the Broad’s rational architecture is in the way it frames the spectator’s dialogue with the artists’ demons under a bath of light.
Promotions, Trailers & Commercials
Normality “Lo-Normali” Trailer – March 10, 2017 / (0:29’)
NORMALITY “LO-NORMALI” is coming soon. This trailer anticipates some aspects of Israel’s everyday life that you won’t see on the news. You will be surprised!
Human-Made Plastic Ocean (3:56) “A Plastic Ocean” film promotion – February 8, 2017
The premiere of “A Plastic Ocean” at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills signals the beginning of the long march of an eye-opener documentary, that shows to what degree we all contribute to polluting the ocean every day. Adam Leipzig, co-producer of the film and publisher of Cultural Weekly, talks about the film, that was shot in twenty different locations around the world and took four years to produce.
Food for Thought (2:59) Farm Urbana Promotion January 16, 2017.
Farm Urbana, as presented in “Food for Thought,” proposes practical solutions to help the rapidly growing urban population’s access to fresh food close to home. Ruth Meghiddo challenges developers, architects, and property owners to include urban farming as an integral part of the built environment. She sees bridging between urban farming and design a critical response to the planet’s sustainability problems.
With an Architect’s Eye (2:51) ArchiDocu self-promotion (English)
The Architect’s Eye (2:53’)
New House for Santa Monica Lifestyle (4:17)
A real estate promotional video.