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MADWEEK Architecture & Design Film Night

  • State Theatre 1307 J Street Modesto, CA, 95354 United States (map)

SNEAK PREVIEW! Included in MADWEEK Film Night is “How the Button Changed Fashion,” with fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, in celebration of the exhibit currently on display in the McHenry Museum of the button collection of acclaimed New York fashion designer & author, Hazel Doten!

The MADWEEK Architecture & Design Film Night is is FREE and open to the public!

 We’ve curated an amazing line up of 13 short films (see program below!), covering a variety of themes related to architecture, fashion, graphic design, urban design, etc. Join us for an entertaining, fun, inspiring and visually stunning evening of films (and food!) celebrating all things design!


6:30pm Doors open, food & reception

7:30pm Film program begins


Papyrus (3.06m) Ryan Gosling plays a tortured designer who cannot get over the fact that the logo for James Cameron’s “Avatar” uses Papyrus as its font. (Saturday Night Live)

London Tube Map (3.15m) Design legend Michael Bierut tells the story of the accidental success of one of the most famous maps in the world. (Small Thing Big Idea; TED Series)

Caine’s Arcade* (10.58m) A short documentary film featuring a cardboard arcade created by 9-year-old Caine Monroy in his father’s used-auto parts store in East Los Angeles.

*This short film is the inspiration behind the MADWEEK Cardboard Challenge and Day of Creative Play (Sat Sept 22, 10am-1pm)

How the Rainbow Flag Became a Symbol of LGBTQ Pride* (2.08m) In late ‘70s San Francisco’s nascent Gay Rights Movement, artist Gilbert Baker’s iconic rainbow flag design quickly became a global symbol of LGBTQ unity & solidarity.

*Happy MoPride! (Saturday, September 22, 1-8pm)

60 Years of Logos: Chermayeff & Geismar (3.10m) The legendary studio of Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar designed some of the most enduring and defining logos of the modern age.

Elevation – How Drones Will Change Cities (17.47m) Drones will transform cities, revolutionizing how people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed, according to this documentary by Dezeen.

Larva Fashion Show (1.53m) The fashion leader, Stick Insect, boasts his unique taste in fashion: an artistic roll-up hair, wild ankle pants and vintage layer tops. Who will be the next top model?

How the Button Changed Fashion* (2.21m) How the simple button changed the world, according to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. (Small Thing Big Idea; TED Series)

*Be sure to visit the exhibition of the button collection of acclaimed New York fashion designer & author, Hazel Doten, on display in the McHenry Museum!

Intermission (15m)


Imagine a World Without Architecture (3.17m) Discover the influence that architecture has on the vitality of the people and the community surrounding them. Architecture is more than just place and form. It is part of our cultural identity.

Restoring an Urban Legacy: the Revitalization of the Kendall (2.38m) Built in 1880 in the city center of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Kendall Building stood empty since 1966. But in 2012, restoration began and it went from empty decay to 100% occupancy full of life once again.

Why Cities are Full of Uncomfortable Benches (3.59m) When designing urban spaces, city planners have many competing interests and needs to balance. After all, cities are diverse places. But what competing interests have resulted in purposefully uncomfortable benches?

Why Danger Symbols Can’t Last Forever (7.03m) The biohazard symbol is pretty easy to spot and in the 50 years since its invention, it has become one of the most recognizable icons on the planet. But can the meaning of a symbol like this last an eternity?

Why City Flags May Be the Worst-Designed Thing You’ve Never Noticed (18.19m) Roman Mars is obsessed with flags. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology - the study of flags - Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

Please join us in the lobby of the theatre after the final film for cookies and refreshments! Vote for your favorite film of the evening and we’ll announce the Audience Favorite Film Award!

Earlier Event: September 21
Guided Tour: McHenry Mansion*
Later Event: September 21
The Shire Presents: MADWEEK After Party