The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work. One of the Directors, Jason Cohn, will attend for Q&A and will discuss his new project:
Jason Cohn first became aware of Charles and Ray Eames through their films when 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 forFrontline 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) covering American stories west of the Mississippi. As a public radio reporter, producer and managing editor, Jason covered the culture of technology forBeyond Computers and issues of Asian art, culture and politics for the nationally syndicated program Pacific Time. As a writer, he has written documentaries for National Geographic and PBS, and his articles have appeared in the National Affairs section of Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and other major periodicals. Jason lives in Berkeley, CA, with his wife, two boys, a cat and a plastic aquarium full of Sea Monkeys™.