23.10.2014 carla duschka
We found out about this film a short while ago, through a blog we follow. The startling resemblance to our project Graphics without Computers made us want to see it right away.
The whole project consists of the movie and of a book (which we have yet to see, we are still curios).
But what we can tell you is that the film is an extremely pleasant documentary on sign painting in America; and especially on painters, these amazing craftsmen that have bespoken walls, roofs, shop-windows, billboards, car bodies...
The movie reveals who and how these people are, apparently unremarkable, and yet so skilled, people who, driven by passion, have practiced and continue to practice this trade. A species less and less present. (amongst other things, the new technologies that have affected this craft come in focus).


Bellow, some info about the film and a few images that the producers allowed us to publish.
And also a few lines that tell the story better than any further comment.
The movie can be purchased from here.

Synopsis: We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized underground trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country, from the old guard to the up-and-comers. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with a bespoke approach and appreciation for a balance between art and information.


"Everything had to be done by someone with lettering skills. Who had lettering skills? Your local signman!"


"Letters are cosmic things. With those letters you can make any name in the whole universe."



"With the time, signs become art."

"You can make that brush do anything that you want to do. And that's power, that's real power."


"I think that every human being has the capability of alterning their environment to the better with their bare hands."


"How do you walk away from your craft like that?!"



All images © Sign Painters Movie 2014.

Directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon

Website: http://www.signpaintersfilm.com

Producers Timm Gable, Jonah Mueller / Executive Producers Don Hoeg, Faythe Levine, Sam Macon, Jack Turner / Director of Photography Travis Auclair  / Editor Bill Marmor / Associate Editor Jeff Dwyer / Opening Sequence Featuring Bob Behounek, Ira Coyne, Jeff Williams / Lettering by Josh Luke, Bob Behounek / Title Animation and End Credits by Dave Kiehl Harvest Motion Design /Additional Photography by Sam Macon, Taylor Russ / Additional Edit by Mark P. Smith, Chris Thompson, Cole Quamme / Music The Cave Singers, Crocodiles, Decibully, Family Band, Erin Garcia, Andy McCormick, Greatest Lakes / Audio Studio Independent Studios / Audio Engineer Steve Kultgen, Randy Bobo / Color Grading Facility Nolo Digital Film / Colorist Michael Matusek / Archival Images Courtesy of Starr Studios

Featuring Nick Barber / Ken Barber / Sean Barton / Bob Behounek / Mack Benek / Jeff Canham / Jimmie "tha Saint" Collier / Ira Coyne / Robert Curry / Bob Dewhurst / John Downer / Pat Finley / Marjory Garrison / Ernie Gosnell / Justin Green / Doc Guthrie / Keith Knecht / John Lennig / Paul Lindahl / Josh Luke / Norma Jeanne Maloney / Gary Martin / Mike Meyer / Adrian Moeller / Mark Otis / Rose Otis / Ed Otten / Stephen Powers / Armando Balmaceda / Jason Coatney / Jason Jerosz / Justin Odaffer / Gary Baxter / Tom Hemmerick / Fernando Latorre / Nathanial Tetro / Sean Starr / Damon Styer  / Tod Swormstedt  / Roderick Laine Treece  / Phil Vandervaart  / Jeff Williams  / Forrest Wozniak
carla duschkaattended the graphic arts department at the University of Arts Bucharest and studied book design at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She works as a graphic designer at Atelierul de grafica Bucharest and is assistant lecturer at theUniversity of Arts. CD is co-founder of the GF project.
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