MODA’s First Ever Design Film Festival


MODA announces its first-ever Design Film Festival to be held in the interval between the exhibitions Paul Rand: Defining Design and Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Objects!

Offering three days of MODA-approved design films, the MODA Film Festival will take place at the museum February 7-9, 2014.

Tickets are $10/film ($8 for MODA Members).

Screenings scheduled during the Film Festival are as follows:



Friday, February 7, 7:00pm

“Design is One”

Italian-born Lella and Massimo Vignelli are among the world’s most influential designers. Their work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say the Vignellis are known by everybody, even those who don’t know their names. Through their product, environmental, and graphic design brilliance they have defined contemporary design in an elegant and transformative way and have set a consistent standard for excellence that is inspirational.

For more information & tickets, click here. Film is 74 minutes long.




Saturday, February 8, 1:30pm

“Design & Thinking”

This documentary explores the concept of “design thinking.” How do we fully engage organizations to think about the changing landscape of business, culture and society?  Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessmen, designers, social change-makers and individuals to portray what they have in common when facing this ambiguous 21st century.  What is design thinking? How is it applied in business models?  How are people changing the world with their creative minds?  It is a call to the conventional minds to change and collaborate.

For more information & tickets, click here. Film is 86 minutes long.



Saturday, February 8, 4:00pm

“From Nothing, Something”

Everyone has ideas. But what where do they come from? And what ensures they keep coming? How do you sort the genius ideas from the useless ones? Why invest all this hope and energy into making things in the first place? “From Nothing, Something” profiles creative thinkers across a spectrum of disciplines and finds the methods, habits, beliefs and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process – straight from the brains of some of our culture’s most accomplished and inspiring talents.

The director of “From Nothing, Something,” Tim Cawley will be at MODA for the showing and will participate in a Q & A session following the film. Cawley has produced, written and directed two short films, Well-Founded Concerns and Big Day of Fishing.  From Nothing, Something — a project independently produced over the last three years — marks his feature film directorial debut.For more information & tickets, click here. Film is 79 minutes long. 



Sunday, February 9, 5:00pm

“HERB & DOROTHY 50 X 50″

Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary “HERB & DOROTHY” (2008), “HERB & DOROTHY 50×50″ captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all 50 states.

For more information & tickets, click here. Film is 87 minutes long.