Meet with the filmmakers who sought out the traditional American sign painters of the 21st century.
Until as recently as the 1980s storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been taken over by the cheaper and faster computer printed and die-cut signs, ushering in a sad loss of character to the public world. Now, in a rebellion against the monotony of machine-produced signs, many are seeking out traditional sign painters once again. Faythe Levine and Sam Macon have set out to tell the story of the sign painters of America: in their own words and their own paint, for the first time. Join us to hear what they have to say about the experience documenting the story of the sign painters, and take a look at the book they wrote about their discoveries! Then head over to Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn and see the accompanying documentary, which has its New York premier that week!
Buy a copy of Sign Painters or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.