May 3rd, 2012
If architecture turns you on, then Coast Modern is house porn.
The documentary, which will have its world premier at DOXA, explores the art and science, the philosophy and history of West Coast Modernism. Directed by Vancouverites Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome, it takes us beyond Frank Lloyd Wright and Arthur Erickson to the kids-and-crayons lives of the families who inhabit their homes. While some enthusiasts liken it (fondly) to a washing machine, others compare it to a spaceship, and still others call it a “beautiful failure,” one thing is for certain: modern architecture – with its propensity for fusing indoor and outdoor space – is especially beautiful amidst the rain and evergreens of the Pacific Northwest. —Kelsey Dundon