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DOXA 2012: Coast Modern & The Burrard Giveaway

Monday, April 30th, 2012 — 9:59am PDT
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DOXA Documentary Film Festival opens this week with 72 screenings of 100 films (6 world premieres) in 5 different venues around Vancouver.


Opening night will be this Friday, May 4th with a screening of Bear 71 at Saint Andrewʼs-Wesley United Church. The closing film of the festival will be Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry on Saturday, May 12th at Empire Granville 7.

What: DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2012
When: Friday, May 4, 2012 to Sunday, May 13, 2012
Where: Saint Andrewʼs-Wesley, Pacific Cinémathèque, Vancity Theatre, Denman Cinemas, Empire Granville 7
Tickets: Single tickets are $12 (except opening night, which is $20). A full Festival Pass is available for $150 and 10-ticket packs are $55 or $100. A $3 membership will be required if you’re not already a DOXA member. Tickets are available online, at Peopleʼs Co-op Books (1391 Commercial Drive), and Zulu Records (1972 West 4th).

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences.

Follow DOXA on Twitter and Facebook for more festival information.

The Burrard Contest

As a festival partner and hotel sponsor, The Burrard has offered up a prize pack to one lucky reader of mine that includes a night at the hotel and a pair of tickets to the sold out screening of Coast Modern:

Coast Modern Film Trailer V.2 from Coast Modern on Vimeo.

Filmmakers Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome’s exquisitely cool film glides through the sleek interiors, and lush gardens of some of the most stunning examples of modernist architecture from Vancouver, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. But these houses are not museums—they’re homes for families and real people. In the words of Arthur Erikson: “Honesty was the rallying cry of early modernists and they reduced everything to absolute essentials.” The film traces the emergence of the modernist movement from its first incarnations in 1922 through to current day. Featuring interviews with architects and cultural critics, including a memorable turn from Douglas Coupland, Coast Modern pays particularly sharp attention to cultural values embodied in architectural form. –DW

The Burrard will give these movie passes to my contest winner as well as a room at the hotel for the night of May 8th, following the screening at the Vancity Theatre.

The Burrard Hotel The Burrard Hotel

Perfect for a weekend in the city, The Burrard re-opened last fall after extensive renovations to its 1950s-era amenities. It’s now retro a gem in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to the entertainment district, shopping on Robson, Davie village restaurants, and more. Follow them on Twitter @TheBurrard.

Here’s how you can enter to win this prize package:

  • Leave a comment here naming your favourite documentary (at DOXA, or not) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @DOXAFestival prize pack from @TheBurrard & @Miss604

The winner will get one night at The Burrard on May 8, 2012 and two passes to the screening of Coast Modern. Contest closes at 12:00pm Thursday, May 3, 2012. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. Estimated value is over $200. Prize cannot be redeemed for any other prize or cash value.

Update The winner is Ronald!

Current contests on


  1. Bonnie says:

    Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore.

  2. Stephen Irving says:

    Can’t wait to see Coast Modern, personally.

  3. chrissy says:

    Dear Zachary

  4. Leanne M says:

    I like all the Michael Moore Documentrys.

  5. Anne F says:

    Coast Modern – so excited that the guys have finally got this finished!

  6. richard w says:

    March of the Penquins

  7. David D. says:

    Food Inc!

  8. gordana says:

    Barqua – spelling similar – where woman must cover themselves from head to toe

  9. Leonora Grande says:

    Oh too many favourites. Recently really enjoyed Matt Frei’s Berlin.

  10. Nikki says:

    Anything history related for me 🙂

  11. Erin says:

    COMO all the way

  12. Vicky says:

    Oceans was pretty interesting, love anything to with nature!

  13. Agasel says:

    Loved “Super Size Me”. Made me laugh, plus I haven’t eaten at McD’s for years.

  14. luc says:

    I liked BBC’s “The Truth About Exercise”.

  15. Robyn says:

    Anything about history – also intrigued by this one at DOXA: Story of Burqa: Case of a Confused Afghan

  16. Amy says:

    I loved Catfish! unexpected ending

  17. Sean says:

    Murderball (2005)

  18. Gisella says:

    Senna is my favourite documentary.

  19. Sanaz says:

    I like “Right America: Feeling Wronged – Some Voices from the Campaign Trail” by Alexandra Pelosi

  20. Carol says:

    March of the Penguins

  21. Cherryl L says:

    Helvetica and Objectified. Still need to watch Urbanized to complete the trilogy.

  22. Elena says:

    Catfish was pretty interesting

  23. Gordon says:

    Supersize Me was great!

  24. Eileen says:

    Roger & Me. I thought it was pretty edgy at the time, and opened the door for many others to follow.

  25. Linda says:

    I like the “Up” series by Michael Apted – 7 Up is the best.

  26. Katie says:

    Supersize me

  27. Brenda says:

    “Bully” was quite unforgettable.

  28. Laura says:

    Hot Coffee was definitely eye-opening

  29. Annie says:

    March of the penguins

  30. Thomas says:

    An Inconvenient Truth

  31. Vu N says:

    Roger and Me is my favourite documentary

  32. Bernadette says:

    I think Bully was a fantastic documentary truly showcasing one of the rising issues in our kids today…bullying. My 11 year old and I definitely enjoyed the movie and a great learning experience. Loved it!

  33. Aimee says:

    “Marwencol” was cool, inspiring and tragic all at once.

  34. iain says:

    Still not sure how much of it I believe, but “Collapse” was an invigorating cold shower.

  35. Heather says:

    Wasteland! And King of Kong. And Louder than a Bomb.

  36. Lena says:

    My favourite is “Wordplay” about the New York Times crossword puzzle.

  37. Favorite is Forks over Knives.

  38. Vince says:

    Super Size Me

  39. DB says:

    March of the Penquins was terrific!

  40. alex says:

    All of Michael Moores are really well made!

  41. Christine says:

    The Cove

  42. Kacie Burnett says:

    Objectified is new and noteworthy for sure.

  43. Ronald says:

    Planet Earth

  44. Mary says:

    Super Size Me inspired me to live a cleaner and healthier life!

  45. Stephanie S says:

    This year Im looking forward to seeing The Tiniest Place –

  46. Michelle says:

    Exit Through The Gift Shop

  47. Rebecca says:

    I also love the “Up” series.

  48. Vivian K says:

    Food, Inc. is my favourite because of the insight into food processing that it gave me, really opened my eyes to what I’m eating…):!/viviank420/status/197925989920161792

  49. Annie says:

    Looking forward to coast modern definitely!!!

  50. Michelle W. says:

    Super Size Me

  51. Niña says:

    Coast Modern!

  52. Pamela U says:

    Coast Modern! woot woot!

  53. Kamala says:

    An Inconvenient Truth

  54. Johan Bosman says:

    Too many to name… but right now very excited to see Coast Modern!

  55. Erin K says:

    So many…but ‘God Grew Tired of Us’ left a pretty big impression.

  56. Inside Job by Charles H. Ferguson. Or Exit Through the Gift Shop.

  57. grace says:

    Supersize Me!

  58. Jeckenzibbel says:

    I am excited to see “Italy: Love It, or Leave It” – I saw the first doc this gay couple made a few years ago, and it was great.

  59. Nicole says:

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi

  60. Thane says:

    Herb and Dorothy would be one of them. Really hope I get to see Coast Modern too though!

  61. Megan says:

    Just saw Gary Hustwit’s Urbanized at Projecting Change and loved it! Would be stoked to see Coast Modern during DOXA.

  62. Liz Fendley says:

    Coast Modern would be my fav.

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