Ron Chapman - AFFR
4–8 Oct 2023
film • stad • architectuur

Film – City – Architecture

AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.

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AFFR History

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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Learn more about the people behind the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

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Postal and visiting address, contact details

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Architectenweb interviews AFFR interim director Marieke Berkers

Marieke Berkers has been AFFR interim director since 1 January 2023. An architecture historian with over twenty years of experience as an independent researcher and writer, Marieke became treasurer of the AFFR board back in 2016 - so she is…
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Ron Chapman

Ron Chapman

Ron Chapman is an internationally award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Toronto. His feature documentaries have garnered acclaim worldwide and have aired on major networks and platforms. 

They include: WHO THE F**K IS ARTHUR FOGEL, featuring Lady Gaga, U2, The Police, Madonna, Rush and key music industry insiders; THE POET OF HAVANA, with Carlos Varela, Benicio del Toro and Jackson Browne; THE FORBIDDEN SHORE, an in-depth exploration of Cuba’s top musical artists. His concert film, CARLOS VARELA LIVE IN HAVANA, was released internationally in ’21 along with a limited-edition boxed set including THE POET OF HAVANA, and a double album of the live concert. Ron released two significant films in 2021, SHELTER, an immigrant story that helped shape a city, (filmed in Canada and Poland) and FROM EARTH TO SKY, the story of seven Indigenous architects from Turtle Island, (filmed across Canada, USA, New Zealand and in Venice Italy), both broadcast on Canadian national television networks and currently playing on the international film festival circuit. Scheduled for release in 2022 is a short documentary film, The Gift of The Artist, Inside the Al Green Sculpture Studio, and just released his newest feature documentary, REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World, which has just launched on the festival circuit, an amazing story about a festival from 1969 that Rolling Stone called the second most important event in Rock history, with never before seen footage from D.A. Pennebaker, including John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Alice Cooper, Chicago, and more. 

Ron’s career represents a lifetime of creative entrepreneurship. He started out as a musician and became an artist manager, record producer, club owner, and concert promoter. He went on to develop his own film production company and advertising agency, where he produced and directed commercials for international brands. A lifelong musician, his album of original songs, “As Worlds Collide”, is on Current Records, with recent single and video “Turn Away”. 

film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023