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Shows daily , Friday, December 2-Thursday, Dec. 8.
Advance tickets available for selected shows.

Filmmakers in Person!
Friday, December 2: Co-Directors Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey Q&A post 7:20, Intro prior to 9:10 show

Saturday, December 3: Jason Cohn Q&A post 1:50 show, Intro prior to 3:40 show
"Filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey deliver a nostalgic zing reminiscent of 'Mad Men."
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

For more than four decades, American designers Charles and Ray Eames helped shape nearly every facet of American life. From their architecture, furniture, and textile designs to their photography and corporate design, the husband-and-wife team exerted a profound influence on the visual character of daily life in America, whether at work or at home. Their pioneering use of new materials and technologies, notably plywood and plastics, transformed the way Americans furnished their homes, introducing functional, affordable, and often highly sculptural objects and furnishings to many middle-class Americans.

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, but it is in interviews with the junior designers swept into the "24-7" world of "The Eamery," that a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team really emerges.

"Lively, gratifying....appropriately busy and abundant: full of objects, information, stories and people, organized with hectic elegance." - A. O. Scott, New York Times

About the Filmmakers
Jason Cohn first became aware of Charles and Ray Eames through their films after a friend introduced him to their six-volume DVD set. The chair obsession followed. EAMES: The Architect and the Painter is Jason's first feature documentary. He previously produced segments for the PBS program Frontline World, associate-produced for Frontline, and field-produced for the award-winning PBS series "Remaking American Medicine." He was the Los Angeles bureau producer for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), and also a public radio reporter, producer, and managing editor covering the culture of technology for Beyond Computers and Asian art, culture, and politics for the nationally syndicated radio program Pacific Time. He has written documentaries for National Geographic and PBS, Rolling Stone Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other major periodicals. Jason lives in Berkeley.

Bill Jersey has been producing documentaries for broadcast television for more than forty years. In the early 60s, he established his reputation as one of the pioneers of the cinema-verité movement. Since then he has produced documentaries for all of the major networks and in association with PBS, WNET New York, KCET Los Angeles, WGBH Boston, and others. Jersey's body of work includes two Academy Award nominees: A Time for Burning, on race relations in America, and Superchief, on the life and legacy Chief Justice Earl Warren. Other award-winning productions include The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow series (George Foster Peabody Award), Children of Violence (Emmy), Renaissance (Emmy nomination), Faces of the Enemy (Emmy nomination), Loyalty and Betrayal (Emmy), Hunting the Hidden Dimension (Pierre Gilles deGennes Award) and The Making of Amadeus. He is based in New Jersey.

Watch the trailer:

"It's a chair we see first, a stunning Eames lounge chair, and that's as it should be there couldn't be a better time to examine the complex and absorbing history of this designing couple, and "Eames: The Architect and the Painter" couldn't be a better vehicle for that examination." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Balboa Theatre
3630 Balboa St. @37th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
United States


Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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