West Coast Modernism Film
Coast Modern is a great new independent film out right now that documents West Coast modernism all the way from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
Intimate interviews and unprecedented access to architects in the documentary include Arthur Erickson (Vancouver), Fred Bassetti (Seattle), Henrik Bull (Berkley), Michael Folonis (Santa Monica), Dion Neutra (Los Angeles) - son and partner of Modernist pioneer Richard Neutra – , Barbara Bestor (LA) and others. They all share their insight into the Modernist Movement, and its relevance in our lives today.
Legendary photographer Julius Shulman is also be featured along with the photographs that brought world attention to the work that has been done in Southern California. His photographic career spanned 70 years and he is known for creating one of the most comprehensive visual chronologies of Modernist Architecture.
Dwellers in modernist houses are also interviewed; from renowned hip-hop producer DJ Greyboy who inhabits an 1950s Edward Killingsworth-designed house in LA, to a Vancouverite who restored a vintage Ron Thom house to its original luster. They talk about how the space that one lives in influences their life, and how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in synergy with the natural environment. The modernist houses themselves take centre stage, shot in high definition: the open plans, simplicity of form and integration of into their enviroment awe and inspire.
Coast Modern is now showing in select theatres. Check for your city here.
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It will definitely become a must-have for any modern architecture lover.