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Sign Painters: The Movie

Sign Painters celebrates the hand-painted sign industry, an American tradition. This documentary explores a fascinating insight into a a highly specialized underground trade, emphasizing an appreciation for a balance between art and commerce.

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Sign Painters: Deluxe Edition

This Deluxe Edition includes the full-length feature film PLUS the LETTERHEADS package containing over 30 minutes of additional interviews to get you inspired.

The Letterheads Bonus Package

Already seen the film and want to go deeper into the world of Sign Painting? This Exclusive LETTERHEADS package contains over 30 minutes of "Additionals & Extendeds" 


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Sign Painters: The Book

Special Edition With Over 30 Minutes Of Bonus Video Content

Faythe Levine & Sam Macon  |  Forward by Ed Ruscha

With a foreword by legendary artist (and former sign painter) Ed Ruscha, this vibrant book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco's New Bohemia Signs and New York's Colossal Media's Sky High Murals.

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"What a terrific movie Faythe and Sam have made! Sign Painter's engaging telling of this important american story should have good legs."

- Ed Ruscha 

 
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About The Film


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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 American history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through

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anecdotal accounts from artists across the country including Ira Coyne, Bob Dewhurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney and Stephen Powers. These vanguards of unseen originality are leading a renaissance with a keen creative purpose and exemplify the working class American success story. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with a bespoke approach and appreciation for a balance between art and commerce.

Faythe Levine works as a independent researcher, artist, photographer, filmmaker and curator. Her work focuses on themes of community, creativity, awareness, process, empowerment and documentation. Levine’s first film and book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design was published by Princeton Architectural Press. She is currently working on her third book about a pioneer show-woman, Mimi Garneau. 

Sign Painters, the book, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2012 features a foreword by legendary artist (and former sign painter) Ed Ruscha. Order your copy today!

 

 

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Reviews & Features


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Reviews & Features


Sign Painters, which has been put together with equal parts affection and skill by directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, is fresh and passionate and unexpected."

– Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

"A cautionary tale about the head-long rush into a technology-driven time and a meditation on what’s lost along the way. It is a reminder to look around and recognize the physical history in our presence every day."

– Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel