Coast Modern in Vancouver


Coast Modern in Vancouver, July 6 – 12, 2012
Modernist architecture’s West Coast school is the subject of the eagerly-awaited new documentary film Coast Modern directed by Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome. Focusing on three generations of architects whose emphasis on residential design and architecture is explored in the film which is currently having a limited engagement in Vancouver, BC, at the Vancity Theatre centrally-located in the city’s Yaletown-Granville corridor. Viewers will have their last chance to see the film this week before it closes Thursday night on July 12.
Filmmakers Bernard and Froome trace the early origins of Modernist architecture in the 1920s and how it took root in Vancouver and other West Coast cities in the United States. The film reveals how Modernism has evolved from its development in the past sixty years along the Pacific Coast. Inspired by the coastal landscape setting and the use of new materials, light and form, these architectural pioneers helped forge an identity in residential design. Architect Henrik Bull says that the “West Coast – including Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco – there always has been a greater respect for nature.”
Speaking about Modernism’s enduring quality and appeal in residential design, Architect Eric Cobb says that “it’s here to stay, and not as an aesthetic. It’s here to stay because it’s about the most important parts about dwelling in a structure: light and space.” Coast Modern also features interviews with several architects, photographers and cultural critics including James Steele, Barbara Lamprecht, Dion Neutra, Vancouver author Douglas Coupland, photographer Julius Shulman, and others.

Coast Modern, which had its world premiere at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver, BC, in May, returns to Vancouver for this limited engagement. Check out Vancity Theatre for info, visit the official web site for Coast Modern, and view the Coast Modern film trailer at Vimeo.

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