114. The Wende – September 16, 2021 – (08:50)
The Wende Museum is a unique depository of memories from East European countries that endured Communist-labeled fascism beyond the Iron Curtain during the Cold War era. It is dedicated to preserving this period’s art, culture, and stories.
113. Piazzolla at the Bowl – August 28, 2021 – (21:10)
The concert of Astor Piazzolla’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas / The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires at the Hollywood Bowl on August 26, 2021, was of historic importance. A public of about 15,000 people came to the concert conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, with the performance of Karen Gomio as a soloist.
112. The Ford – August 19, 2021 – (04:46)
The renovated Ford Theater by the Cahuenga Park, neighboring the Hollywood Bowl, is a hidden treasure. This short documentary gives only a hint a place to be seen.
111. Frank Gehry 2021 – July 31, 2021 – (03:29)
This short documentary brings Frank Gehry’s dual exhibition shown at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. It is remarkable both in content and for having been produced by a youthful ninety-two years young artist during the Covid-19 pandemic.
110. Fairfax Mishmash – July 25, 2021 – (16:54)
The Fairfax Mishmash documentary visually comments disjointed places and events that occur and stand along L.A.’s Fairfax Avenue.
109. Spring 21 & Mumuki – June 5, 2021 – (10:04)
“Spring 21 & Mumuki” is about plants and planting; growth, renewal, decay, and death.
It is about being in touch with the land; it is a personal visual interpretation of Astor Piazzolla’s “Mumuki.”
108. Opera on the Rooftop Parking – May 24, 2021 – (14:36)
The Long Beach Opera did it again! The production of Les Enfants Terribles at the roof-parking of the new 2ND & PCH Shopping Mall follows a long list of avant-garde creations by this cultural institution.
107. Piazzolla Con Brio – May 21, 2021 – (36:35)
“Piazzolla Con Brio” (with vigor) honors Astor Piazzolla’s centenary of his birth. It brings him, his music, and contemporary musicians within the context of the tango’s birthplace, Buenos Aires. The city’s lifestyle, and architecture samples conceived in a similar spirit to inspired Piazzolla’s music, enriched the story.
106. Arakawa & Gins – March 21, 2021 – (11:26)
The intent of this short documentary is to expand awareness of the little-known architectural work created by the couple Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins. Their work offers an alternative lifestyle to spaces conditioned by functionalism.
105. Jack Reads Pronto Professore – January 19, 2021 – (09:57)
Poet Jack Grapes reads Pronto Professore at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles. The poem, written by Rick Meghiddo in 2000, maintains its validity and vigor in 2021.
104. Along Our Path – Part 3 – January 9, 2021 – (1:52:24)
Part 3, “Reinventing Ourselves,” takes you to Ruth becoming an urban farmer specialized in permaculture design, and Rick becoming a filmmaker of architecture documentaries. The film synthesizes over thirty documentaries on architecture and art in Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Tel
Aviv, Jerusalem, and Costa Rica. It ends with some ideas for a post-pandemic world and with images and works of family members and friends.
On Vimeo PRIVATE: https://vimeo.com/498738492
103. Along Our Path – Part 2 – January 9, 2021 – (1:25:12)
Part 2, “L.A. – Tel Aviv – Long Beach” takes you through their work as architects, through Rick’s research on artificial islands and teaching at the Technion, and through Ruth and Rick’s creative work in painting, drawing, sculptural pottery, poetry and photography. It also brings in the little-
known Betty Freeman’s music salon of contemporary music and a unique workshop in Palermo between Italian, Israeli, and Palestinian young architects.
On Vimeo PRIVATE: https://vimeo.com/498714230
102. Along Our Path – Part 1 – January 9, 2021 – (1:39:00)
Along Our Path is an autobiographical film trilogy about living and working in different cultures, and encountering extraordinary people along their way.
Part 1, “From First Steps to First Practice,” includes the Meghiddo couple upbringing in Argentina and Romania, their studies in Israel and Italy, their extensive traveling across Europe, the United States and parts of Latin America, and their first practice as young architects.
On Vimeo PRIVATE: https://vimeo.com/498689468
101. Rethinking the City – October 13, 2020
A blog reviewing Fareed Zakaria’s “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” and a reevaluation of alternative lifestyles’
100.¡Pura Vida! – August 22, 2020 – (24:51)
¡Pura Vida! is a short documentary that gives a taste of a sustainable life in Costa Rica. It includes immersions into nature, a Permaculture community, and an award-winning sustainable architectural project.
99. Pellegrin – May 21, 2020 – (22:16)
Luigi Pellegrin is the least known transformative architects-thinkers of the 20th Century. For the first time, this documentary brings to the public a comprehensive visualization of his work and his persona.
98. Leonardo vs. Coronavirus – Rennaisance Thinking to Rethink our Lifestyle – March 24, 2020 – (08:01)
“Leonardo vs. Coronavirus – Renaissance Thinking to Rethink our Lifestyle” is about learning from this genius ways of thinking about the intersections of the arts, science, and technology, not only to confront COVID”-19, but also to reevaluate our value systems.
97. Dear Bernie – Notes on Architecture – February 26, 2020 – (05:29)
A visual open letter to Senator Bernie Sanders that addresses the item of “Housing for All” in his program.
96. Connecting Edges – January 20, 2020 – (16:05)
Connecting Edges – Wake-up Calls, From DocuDay to Jane Fonda, bridge between five unrelated events to convey a message on war, the threat to democracy, inequality, art, and architecture-related contradictions. The events include IDA’s DocuDay2020, the Oscars, a pre-screening of Hunters, the Frieze Los Angeles art event, and a presentation by Jane Fonda of the restored film F.T.A. from 1972.
95. Vernissage at the Hammer – February 5, 2020 – (03:46)
This short film illustrates the opening of the Hammer Museum’s “Winter Exhibitions Opening Celebration.” It shows the public’s attendance and the works of four artists: Leonardo Drew, Max Hooper Schneider, Paul McCarthy, and Tishan Hsu.
94. Anish Kapoor: Fluidity, Reflections, Space -January 28, 2020 – (06:38)
The exhibit of Kapoor’s stainless-steel Double S-Curve at the Regen Projects gallery in Hollywood is good art news for Southern California. This short film conveys a reaction to the stimulation generated by this artwork.
93. Filmmaking Resume – January 10, 2020 – (08:18)
This documentary aims to illustrate segments shot over several years of works by twenty recognized contemporary architects. The focus is on architecture-as-space to illustrate the power of architecture to build a better world.
92. 12/12 in L.A. &3 Pianists – December 19, 2019 – (10:43)
This short documentary is about the link between long-term thinking and what is doable today through architecture and the arts. The story covers three separate events that occurred during the same day, December 12, 2019: a brainstorming session, a visit to a new working environment, and a visit to a studio dedicated to environmental art; and three unrelated piano performers.
91. End of an Era – December 1, 2019 – (05:56)
This short documentary is a tribute to architects Ray Kappe and Dion Neutra, who recently passed away. They have been the last carriers of the legacy left by Frank Lloyd Wright and by the pioneers of the International Style. Their attitude should stimulate young people in confronting the challenges of the 21st century.
90. Doc Snippets – November 16, 2019 – (10:15)
Selected segments of architecture documentaries produced by ArchiDocu. It includes snippets from Paris’ Louis Vuitton, Berlin’s Reichstag and Jewish Museum, the L.A. Cathedral, Tel Aviv and more.
89. My Green Journey – 3 November 16, 2019 – (12:33)
Ruth Meghiddo tells the story of her path from architecture to urban farming and permaculture.
88. Architecture + People in San Diego – November 8, 2019 – (12:29)
This short documentary shows that San Diego’s downtown transformation conveys an important message to many cities’ challenges. It is possible to increase density while maintaining high standards of design quality. It is possible to mitigate traffic by bringing efficient public transportation. It is possible to build high-quality public buildings within the budget.
87. SHIRIN NESHAT – Magic Realism without Smiles – October 28, 2019 – (08:11)
Shirin Neshat’s exhibition at The Broad gives a voice to outsiders and exiles, and to questions of identity, alienation, political oppression, and religious fervor. She captures depth from the subjects of her photographic portraits and creates films and videos of high quality. The uniqueness of her work derives from a feminine sensitivity and understanding of ancient cultures. In doing so, she opens for the Western World a window to look at the other, beyond itself.
86. ¡SÍ, SE PUEDE! – August 28, 2019 – (18:36)
This film is about what women in architecture and politics are contributing to change the world. The images support the actions of several courageous women in action. The title ¡SÍ SE PUEDE! is borrowed from the slogan created by Dolores Huerta and later adopted by President Obama as YES, WE CAN.
85. Bernie in Long Beach +… – August 10, 2019 – (21:36)
An illustration of some of Bernie Sanders’ ideas and agenda. It includes some segments of Joe Rogan’s interview with him.
84. Nancy’s Farm in LA – July 24, 2019 – (03:00)
Nancy’s rescued friends include two goats, Thelma and Louise, Richard the Rooster (who can sometimes be a dick) and a pig named Kevin. She also owns a dog named Maxine,
and Slick, a rescue horse, which she rides frequently.
83. Serpentine L.A. and Beyond – July 17, 2019 – (06:55)
The playful Serpentine L.A. Pavilion, designed by Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano, brings a smile to an area characterized by an eclectic architectural mix. It is experimental and delivers and important message not only as an immersion into artful space but also to developing countries that must combine low budgets with self-help to confront some of their needs.
82. Off-leash in Long Beach – July 2, 2019 – (03:08)
This short documentary is a vignette of the city’s Rosie’s Dog Beach. It is also a metaphor for human needs to meet and mix in a natural setting.
81. Venice Art Walk 2019 – As We Saw It – May 30, 2019. (9:22)
Venice is the hometown of many artists and remains a place of attraction for many art lovers. Once a year, the Venice Family Clinic organizes the Venice Art Walk and fund-raising silent auction. This short documentary illustrates a visit to eight artists’ studios: Laddy John Dill, Elisabeth Orleans, Tanja Skala, Greg Falk, Alejandro Gehry, Natasha Maidoff, Sandy Bleifer, and Natasa Prosenc Stearns.
80. Black Power Art – March 26, 2019 / (14:37)
Black Power Art was inspired by The Broad’s new exhibition in Los Angeles, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983.” It is intended to be an eye-opener, not just to the work of African-American artists during a crucial period of self-assertion, but also to echo African American art today.
79. Marcello Guido: Architecture in Motion – March 5, 2019 / (06:52)
From Calabria, in the southern tip of Italy, architect Marcello Guido sends a powerful message of “architecture in motion” expressed in concrete, steel, and glass. His poetry generates continuously changing perceptions of space.
78. AS We Saw It – Coda: Israel Vignettes – January 12, 2019 / (23:37)
Israel Vignettes links a complex past with a vibrant, future-oriented present. It shows booming construction, a flourishing new generation, tragedies of wars and the Holocaust through avant-garde architecture, an exclusive interview about survival in Transnistria, and a humorous reenacting of our first meeting as students of architecture at the Technion, in Haifa.
77. As We Saw It – Part 7: Emotional Rome – December 25, 2018 / (19:32)
Emotional Rome is partially autobiographical. Some aspects of the city’s qualities are observed from a personal point of view. It includes associations with people, architecture, art, and filmmaking that influenced who we are.
76. As We Saw It – Part 6: Berlin 2 – Shifting Art Tips – December 8, 2018 / (7:26)
With an atmosphere buzzing with creative energy, no serious member of the contemporary art world can stay away from Berlin for long. It’s become an essential stop on the art circuit, acting as a junction between east and west. Berlin 2: Shifting Art Tips presents some fragments of the city’s art scene today.
75. As We Saw It – Part 5: Berlin 1 – Architecture – November 27, 2018 / (26:13)
Part 5 of “As We Saw It” focuses on several contemporary architectural works of significance. These include Foster’s Reichstag, Libeskind’s Jewish Museum, Gehry’s DZ Bank, Eisenman’s Holocaust Memorial, Helmut Jahn’s Sony Center, Renzo Piano’s Potsdamer Patz, I. M. Pei’s Museum of German Culture and Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie. Some important events of Germany’s recent history are presented as a background.
- As We Saw It – Part 4: Brushing Art in Paris – November 11, 2018 / (16:47)
Brushing Art in Paris is a personal potpourri of art in Paris seen during the summer of 2018. By no means academic, the focus was on alternatives to the classical tourist visits (Louvre, Orsay, etc.) Our choices included the Palais de Tokyo, the Petit Palais, the Museum of Modern Art, L’Orangerie, the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, The Museum Picasso, and much more.
- As We Saw It – Part 3: Paris Green Urbanity – October 28, 2018 / (23:10)
Once again Paris leads the way to a greener, more humane urbanity. With its eyes set into the future, we can see through three concrete examples how it is possible to integrate landscape design, urban farming, architecture, and the arts; and also how Paris’ Mayor, Anne Hidalgo is moving ahead blending political will with grassroots aspirations.
72. As We Saw It – Part 2: Paris Builds – September 29, 2018 / (23:10)
Four recently completed architectural send powerful messages of what is possible to elevate the quality of life in the city. Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation, Renzo Piano’s Foundation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé and the new Paris Palais de Justice, and the Canopy of Les Halles, designed by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti, are shown in detail.
- As We Saw It – Part 1-A: Parisians Paris – September 11, 2018 / (17:34)
Parisians Paris is the first in a series of work-in-progress short documentaries centered around the question “what makes cities great?” In this part, we cover some aspects of the city’s daily life: its markets, its public transportation, its streets. Future parts will cover Paris’ recent architecture, spaces for people and art. Similarly, coming documentaries will also cover Berlin and Rome.
- Zevi – June 11, 2018 / (20:53)
MAXXI’s celebration of Bruno Zevi’s 100th birthday with an exhibition of his prolific production as a historian and critic of architecture, who influenced many of the world’s best architects of his time, poses an important question: can Zevi’s ideas, today, help young people to become finer architects in the creation of a better tomorrow? This video tries to give, through Zevi’s own words, a visual answer.
- Wim Wenders’ Humanism – May 29, 2018 / (14:23)
This short documentary is a tribute to Wim Wenders. Why did the Vatican or Pope Francis himself choose Wim Wenders to produce a documentary on the Argentinean pope? It was not only because of Wenders’ skills as a filmmaker, photographer, painter, playwright, and author. It was, above all, because of the humanism embedded in his work.
- From Six Million to Seventy Years Cut – April 25, 2018 – (06:46)
This film is an abbreviated version of “From Six Million to Seventy Years,” posted in https://vimeo.com/265090949. It offers a personal viewpoint on the relationship between the Shoah, the State of Israel celebrating its 70th birthday, and the power of architecture to transform the environment. Conscious of the conflicting narratives between Judaism-Zionism on one side, and Islam-Arab-Palestinian on the other, this documentary brings selected images to remind the Shoah, clips showing the resurgence of Islamofascist anti-Semitism, and images of Israel’s life and architecture today.
- From Six Million to Seventy Years – April 17, 2018 / (39:49)
This film offers a personal viewpoint on the relationship between the Shoah, the State of Israel celebrating its 70th birthday, and the power of architecture to transform the environment. Conscious of the conflicting narratives between Judaism-Zionism on one side, and Islam-Arab-Palestinian on the other, the first half of this documentary brings selected images to remind the Shoah, some personal testimonials, and clips showing the resurgence of Islamofascist anti-Semitism, a “leprosy of the spirit,” as Bernard-Henri Lévy called it. The second half shows many images of Israel’s life and architecture today as an extraordinary “human laboratory” to change the world for the better.
- Passover Personal Stories – April 5, 2018 / 01:12:52
A multi-generational gathering for Passover’s First Seder brings us many personal stories at times funny, at times sad. They all traverse cultural and age barriers in search of a better humanity. Hosted by Veronica and Paris Nourafchan in Los Angeles, young and senior guests exchange anecdotes from Iran, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Romania, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Tunis, Malesia, Canada and the United States of America. The story of the Exodus from Egypt gets blended with stories of love and tragedy, of stories from the Holocaust and antisemitism today, without forgetting the sorrows of others.
- Jasper Johns and Vanguard Art Today – March 20, 2018 / 35:34
- Jasper Johns in L.A. and Vanguard Today – March 19, 2018 / 14:25
The exhibition at The Broad of Jasper Johns’ work as an artist at the Vanguard of art in the 1960’s poses some questions: What is vanguard art today? Who are “today’s Jasper Johns” working within the present reality? Is there an equivalent in architecture? This documentary tries to establish a link between one of the most important artists of the 1960s avant-garde, and some of today’s avant-garde artists in multiple disciplines and media: painting, sculpture, film, video-art, choreography, architecture. It provides a stimulant example for the young generation of artists.
My Green Journey – February 5, 2018 / (19:07)
Architect Ruth Meghiddo’s path to urban farming shows how sustainability can be improved by creating eatable gardens close to our homes. Combining earthy pragmatism with futuristic visions, her concepts of permaculture and eatable gardens close to our homes may help to transform the world we live in.
- And the Winner Is… – January 9, 2018 / (17:35)
“And the Winner Is…” brings segments of the five Foreign Films directors nominated for the Golden Globes Awards, sharing their thoughts and experiences on the making of their latest films. Angelina Jolie, Ruben Ostlund, Andrey Zvigagintsev, Sebastian Lelio and Fatih Akin sat next to each other at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater and answer questions posed by moderator Mike Goodrich on FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER, THE SQUARE, LOVELESS, FANTASTIC WOMAN AND IN THE FADE