The second annual I Look Up Film Challenge is well under way. Talented filmmakers and architects are connecting to find and share stories of the surprising and inspiring ways architecture can change lives.
Entries explore the theme of Architecture As A Solution. Architects do more than create spaces where we live, work, and play; they use design to solve society’s most pressing problems. Filmmakers shine a light on these important stories through the language of cinema.
We’ve searched far and wide to find some of the most esteemed professionals in media and architecture to judge the films. Our judges have decades of experience as film directors and editors, as founders, principals and CEOs of architecture firms, and as leaders in business. Together, this influential panel will select the best of the best entries. Meet this year’s judges:
Russ Davidson, FAIA, 2016 AIA President
Russ Davidson is president and managing partner at Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson Architects & Engineers PC, in Mount Kisco, New York. The firm has constructed over $600 million worth of public projects in the lower Hudson Valley in the last 10 years, many of which have won local AIA design awards. As a long-serving leader in the AIA in New York state, Davidson has worked to improve public project delivery and set guidelines for public approval and architectural review.
Keith Fraase, Filmmaker and Director
As a director, Keith Fraase’s work has played in film festivals around the world. As a feature film editor, he has enjoyed a long collaboration with Terrence Malick, including The Tree of Life, To The Wonder and Knight of Cups. Keith is currently editing a multi-part documentary series about The Grateful Dead.
Jane Frederick, FAIA, 2016–2017 At Large Director
Jane Frederick, FAIA is a principal in the award winning firm Frederick + Frederick Architects, a custom residential firm in Beaufort, South Carolina. Jane is a Fellow in the Aspen Global Leadership Network and currently serves as an At Large Director on the American Institute of Architects Board. In 2012, Frederick was awarded a Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects for her service to the profession.
Verity Frizzell, AIA
Verity Frizzell is a principal architect and partner at Feltz & Frizzell Architects, LLC. Her focus is sustainable design, using environmentally friendly methods and materials without compromising the needs of the client. Her work has garnered numerous honors and awards including the New Jersey Distinguished Service Award, Award for Distinguished Performance in the Area of Technology from the University of Virginia, and the the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from AIA New Jersey and AIA Jersey Shore.
Keith Maitland, Director and Producer
Keith Maitland is the director and producer of the SXSW 2016 Grand Jury & Audience Award winner, Tower. He also directed and produced A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story. Both films are currently on the film festival circuit, and TOWER will be in theaters this fall and broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2017. Maitland’s previous work includes the Emmy-nominated, The Eyes of Me, a documentary exploring a year in the life of four blind teens.
David Melancon, AIA
An entrepreneur, leader and strategist known for visionary thinking, David Melancon is the Chief Marketing and Product Officer of JUST Capital, a non-profit that harnesses the power of markets to drive positive change. Melancon has also served as EVP, Chief Marketing Officer for Benjamin Moore and Co., founder and CEO of The Ito Partnership, and President of IPG’s FutureBrand unit.