Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome, Canada, 2012, 60 mins
Tuesday May 8 | 7:00 PM | Vancity Theatre
Sunday May 13 | 4:00 PM | Vancity Theatre
Filmmakers Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome’s exquisitely cool film glides through the sleek interiors, and lush gardens of some of the most stunning examples of modernist architecture from Vancouver, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. But these houses are not museums—they’re homes for families and real people. In the words of Arthur Erikson: “Honesty was the rallying cry of early modernists and they reduced everything to absolute essentials.” The film traces the emergence of the modernist movement from its first incarnations in 1922 through to current day. Featuring interviews with architects and cultural critics, including a memorable turn from Douglas Coupland, Coast Modern pays particularly sharp attention to cultural values embodied in architectural form. –DW
Mike Bernard is an independent director and designer working in Vancouver. He has written, directed, and edited three documentaries, a series of shorts, a music video, and two pilots for television. He runs Headwaters Design, a company that designs websites, motion and print graphics, and creates sound designs for film and theatre productions.
Gavin Froome was born and raised in Vancouver and lives and works as an art director and music producer. Recording numerous albums and singles for Nordic Trax Records and working as an art director and graphic designer, Gavin has developed an appreciation for modernism and wants to spend the rest of his life barefoot.
Zaheed Mawani, Canada, 2011, 25 mins
From its inception in the late 1960s to its current ubiquity, the office cubicle has affected the lives of people who work within its three walls. –DW
Zaheed Mawani received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Middlebury College. He subsequently worked in public policy research in Washington, DC before moving to Toronto to seek a career in documentary film. He recently completed an MFA in film production at York University. Three Walls is his first film.