Posts Tagged ‘Gavin Froome’

“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

This film has been very difficult to see, consistently selling out (I saw scalpers at the last showing). The Vancouver International Film Fest is hosting this new set of screenings, based on the popular demand. Tickets are selling quickly so if you want to go, buy now.

This film needs to be seen on the big screen. Its comprehensive footage of beautiful westcoast modernist architecture was shot in HD and is worth seeing large. If you’re in Vancouver, don’t miss this. There is interview footage of the recently departed Julius Shulman – it’s worth seeing for that alone.

The filmmakers are friends of mine. It has been fun to watch the film come together and quickly win so much popularity. It shows that there’s a deep appetite for both a sense of our own architectural history as well for a more smaller, more beautiful style of house, houses with greater architectural integrity than we generally see in the current environment.

Coast Modern Film – Fundraiser on July 28, Vancouver

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

If you’re in Vancouver on July 28, and are interested in the vernacular modernist architecture of our region, buy a ticket for this event. Ouno is hosting this fundraiser to benefit the completion of the film Coast Modern by my filmmaker friends Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard. This film has been widely and eagerly anticipated; it’s the first comprehensive film on the particular form of architectural modernism found on North America’s Pacific coast (from British Columbia to Southern California), and it includes interviews with key figures who are now no longer with us—Julius Shulman and Vancouver’s Abe Rogatnick. The film’s completion was slightly delayed by an early switch to HD format, a smart decision considering the content. Attend on Thursday July 28 and be part of this valuable historical project. Even better, buy the higher level of admission with an artist print poster! You will be supporting a good cause. Trailers/footage will be projected at the party.

Some quotes from the Coast Modern film:
“Expressive form, absence of ornmament, new materials—all of that to achieve built forms that invited new ways of living.” —Russell Baker
“On the west coast, including Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Franciso, there always has been a greater respect for nature.” —Barry Downs
“Any way you can break down that barrier between indoors and outdoors, with the comfort of being inside but the feeling of being outside, that’s really what it’s all about.” —Dion Neutra
“The smaller they are, the more beautiful they are.” —David Netto
“Using the materials and relating to the climate, creating beauty that is unique to that setting.”
“Find the beauty in your own times.” —Abe Rogatnick

From the Coast Modern site: “Intimate interviews and unprecedented access to architects in the film include Barry Downs (Vancouver), Fred Bassetti (Seattle), Hernik Bull (Berkeley), Ray Kappe (LA), Michael Folonis (Santa Monica), Dion Neutra (Los Angeles, son and partner of Modernist pioneer Richard Neutra), Barbara Bestor (LA) and others.” Houses are featured by architects including Ron Thom, Edward Killingsworth, Fred Hollingsworth, Richard Neutra, Barry Downs and Arthur Erickson.

Arthur Erickson & Japan – Journeys to the East

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Journeys to the East: Arthur Erickson & Japan, Vancouver lecture co-presented by Coast Modern

If you’re in Vancouver and are interested in Arthur Erickson’s ties with Japan (and by extension Japan’s influence on west coast modernism), it’s worth ordering tickets for this event now. It will sell out. It’s not cheap, but there’s a good deal for students. The event is co-presented by Coast Modern, the upcoming film about modern architecture on the west coast from Vancouver to LA, by filmmakers Gavin Froome and Michael Bernard. The event is November 25, 7 pm at The Vancouver International Film Centre. For tickets and more information contact Cheryl Cooper at the Arthur Erickson Conservancy and see the writeup on the Coast Modern blog. For full information on the talk and Professor Sabatino, click below for more.


Coast Modern – preview of the upcoming documentary film

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

DJ Greyboy house, Edward Killingsworth 1957, Long Beach CA

Barbara Bestor, architect, Silver Lake, LA

These stills were shot during the filming of Coast Modern, a documentary film about West Coast modern house architecture, spanning from LA to Vancouver, by Vancouver filmmakers Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard. The film “speaks with the architects and their patrons and asks if Modernism’s time has finally come or did it never really go away.” It is currently in the editing phase and is set to be completed this coming fall. The filmmakers talked with an impressive number of well-known architects and designers up and down the coast, and based on the preview the film has a great feel – entertaining and informative. You can follow the film’s progress on their blog, watch the preview trailer below, and there’s a set of stills on Flickr. I’m hoping the film will spark increased appreciation of modern architecture in Vancouver before the current spate of house demolitions proceeds any further. Photos here are: the Stinson Beach House, top; DJ Greyboy’s Opdahl House by architect Edward Killingsworth; Barbara Bestor’s LA House; the filmmakers talking with Julius Shulman; and the Etenza House where the idea for the Case Study project was hatched. I’ll post more information on the film and its events closer to the release date. All photos posted here by permission from the filmmakers.

Filmmaker talking to Julius Shulman in his office
Etenza House by Harwell Harris

Coast Modern Film Trailer from Coast Modern on Vimeo.