A photograph of a weathered grey barn with a roof that spells 1880 in the shingles. A green tractor is parked outside and dramatic grey clouds gather overhead.
Architecture + Design Film Series, Vanish: Disappearing Icons of a Rural America
Contois Auditorium



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A compelling story of past and present, Vanish chronicles the “visual preservation” adventures of photographer, Jim Westphalen, as he travels across the country seeking out and creating stunning imagery of America’s disappearing rural structures. Equal parts art, history, and seat-of-the-pants storm chasing, road-trip with Westphalen as he races against time and the unrelenting elements to capture the extraordinary beauty of aging barns, one-room schoolhouses, grain elevators, prairie churches, and all the classic structures that our country’s rural heritage was built upon. Though many of these evocative relics will eventually surrender to the elements, this film captures the passionate people who strive and struggle to save these gems, revealing stories of dreams, loss, and hope.

Directed by Jim Westphalen
2023, USA, 80 Minutes

FREE. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie begins at 6:30 pm. 

Guest Speaker: Jim Westphalen, Director

Learn more about Season 11 of The Architecture + Design Film Series at adfilmseries.org

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The Architecture + Design Film Series is presented by: 118 Elliot Gallery, AIA Vermont, and Burlington City Arts. With support from: AIAVT Emerging Professionals, Artisan Engineering, Birdseye Building Company, Burlington Furniture, Office Environments, Inc., Pella Windows and Doors, Peregrine Design/Build, Redstone, Riven Studio, Rocky Dale Gardens, Selin + Selin, Site Form Studio, TruexCullins, UVM Department of Art & Art History, Vermont Eco-Floors, NuChocolat, Douglas Sweets, American Flatbread, Radio Bean, Jim Williams Architecture and Design, Austin Design, Inc., Hinterland Studio, Hubbard Land Design, Mathes Hulme Builders, ASLA - Vermont ChapterHotel Vermont, and Nusantara


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