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Baconfest 3 Short Film Playlist

Baconfest 2016

This year’s films


The Pruitti-Igoe Myth poster

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth – 2011 (79 mins)

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that lead to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centres in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the projects’ residents. In the post-war years, the American city changed in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its wake. The next time the city changes, remember Pruitt-Igoe.

JANUARY 20 - followed by Transportation talk

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Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City – 2010 (56 mins)

Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late 19th century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful vision of what a civilized American city could look like that provided a compelling framework for Americans to make sense of the world around them. He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world, directed construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that inspired the City Beautiful Movement, and created urban plans for San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland and Manila all before the profession of urban planning existed. In fact, some say he invented it.

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E2: Portland: A Sense of Place – 2009 (26 mins)

Thanks to a progressive public transportation portfolio that includes train, streetcar, bus and aerial tram, Portland has become a global model of TOD. For more than 40 years, city planners have uniquely integrated transport decisions into urban growth and development efforts. The result: Portland is consistently ranked as one of the country’s most livable cities, boasting a healthy two percent population growth annually – and the second lowest per capita transportation spending of the 28 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.


Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story poster

Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story – 2003 (24 mins)

Narrated by Cheech Marin and scored by Ry Cooder, this half hour documentary captures how a community was betrayed by greed, hypocrisy, and good intentions gone astray.


Great Expectations about Alternative Living Spaces (52 mins)

Short Films

Short Films

  • Twin views Communal Garden Mural Project
  • Go to the End and Come Back
  • Urbanism
  • Filling in the Gaps
  • Intelligent Futures

In partnership with

Baconfest Partners

The brain-child of Planning, Development & Assessment General Manager Rollin Stanley, Baconfest was originally intended as one-time film festival in 2014 to celebrate a short film series created by Ed Bacon. The event was so well received by Calgarians that it became an annual film festival celebrating and exploring urbanism in all its forms.

Who is Edmund Bacon?

Ed Bacon is the only city planner to grace the cover page of time magazine in 1964, and on the cover of Life in 1965. While he may be known as the father of Kevin Bacon, the impact of Edmund's work helped shape the landscape of the City of Philadelphia, where he served as the head of the planning commission for two decades beginning in 1949. In retirement, he undertook an extensive four part series titled "Understanding Cities" beginning in 1981.

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