In 2010, the Cinémathèque québécoise found a film by Gordon Webber in the Gordon Webber fonds in the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection at McGill University in Montréal. The film, made at the end of the 1940s, was an abstract work painted on nitrate film stock.

Born in Ontario in 1909, Gordon Webber studied at the New Bauhaus in Chicago from 1937 to 1942 before settling in Quebec. He taught at McGill's School of Architecture until the year of his death in 1965. A painter and photographer in addition to a professor of architecture, Webber was a leading figure in the avant-garde of the day and had a profound impact on his students through his original teaching methods.

This atypical film of Webber's, which runs 2 minutes and 20 seconds, was in an extremely fragile state when found. Restoring the print, which the Cinémathèque undertook in collaboration with the Global Vision/CitéLab film laboratory and McGill University, presented many challenges on an ethical as well as a technical front.

For an in-depth analysis of the work and the restoration process undertaken by the Cinémathèque québécoise, go to this page (in French only).