A reading group begat a film festival, at least that's the short version of the creation story of the New Urbanism Film Festival, now in its second year. The brainchild of founders Josh Paget and Joel Karahadian, the festival brings aims to bring discussions around planning out of the classroom and the conference rooms of city halls and to a broader audience through engaging films. (FORM was on board as a founding sponsor last year, and we're back again this year!)
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Next week, a new kind of film festival hits Los Angeles. For the first time, the city will play host to the first New Urbanism Film Festival, the brainchild of Josh Paget and Joel Joel Karahadian, two Angelenos with a passion for New Urbanism. Their interest in the subject led them to start a group, Noodles and New Urbanism, a monthly meet-up where developments and ideas around the topic could be discussed. It led to a blog, for members to discuss topics further, and, ultimately, the film festival, where a critical mass of like-minded people could come together on a larger scale. The festival will run four days and feature a range of films on issues relating to new urbanism. Walking tours, workshops and a podcast are all on the schedule.
We aked festival co-director Joel Karahadian a bit about more about the genesis of the project and what they hope to accomplish.