Sign Painters
Oriental Theatre Screen 1Sat, Oct 5, 2013 4:30 PM Event Date Passed
Fox Bay Cinema Grill Screen 1Sun, Oct 6, 2013 8:30 PM Event Date Passed
Oriental Theatre Screen 2Wed, Oct 9, 2013 3:00 PM Event Date Passed
Film Info
Section:Cream City Cinema (Presented by John Axford; Media Sponsor:
Runtime:80 min
Event Type:Features
Country of Origin:USA
Original Language:English
Community Partners:Brenner Brewing Co.
Fink’s Bar
Milwaukee Day
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Faythe Levine
Sam Macon
Executive Producer:Radar Studios
Producer:Timm Gable
Jonah Mueller
Cinematographer:Travis Auclair
Editor:Bill Marmor
An expressive call to return to the handcrafted and tactile before entire city landscapes are swallowed by uninspired homogeneity, "Sign Painters" is an affectionate look behind the curtains of the custom calligraphy and ornate beauty that comprise the trade. With dozens of sign painters as their subjects, co-directors Faythe Levine ("Handmade Nation") and Sam Macon provide an unprecedented glance at the process behind sign painting as well as its history: from the apocalyptic 1980s, when computers and die-cut vinyl lettering with its quick and cheap allure nearly brought the movement to its knees, to its thriving past and hopeful future.