EAMES: The Architect and The Painter
This Peabody Award winning documentary premiered theatrically in NYC at the IFC Center and Los Angeles’ Laemmle Theatres on November 18, 2011. Broadcast premiere on PBS American Masters on Monday, December 19, 2011.
EAMES: The Architect and the Painter is the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film that really endeavors to peer inside their collaboration, their marriage and the “Renaissance studio” they created in a gritty warehouse in Venice, CA.
Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from a trove of archival material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles, Ray, and their staff during the hyper-creative forty years of the Eames Office.
Family members and design historians help guide the story, while interviews with the junior designers swept into the “24-7” world of “The Eamery” paint a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team.
EAMES: The Architect and the Painter is a co-production of Bread and Butter Films and Quest Productions. Major funding from IBM and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hans Hofmann Foundation, OXO and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
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