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Sign Painters

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 8:00p
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

Sign Painters by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon (2012, 90 min.). There was a time when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But like many skilled trades, the sign industry has changed drastically with the proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering, and inkjet printers. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal… Show more

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Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
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June 19. 2013 - Boston.com - Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

The title of “Sign Painters” tells you exactly what this documentary’s about. Yet it’s also highly misleading. A movie with a title like that – about a subject like that – must be pretty drab, right? Not hardly. “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.

The format couldn’t be simpler. Thirty or so sign painters – from Seattle to Coralville, Iowa, Seattle to Mazeppa, Minn. (in other words, all over) – talk about what they do and demonstrate how it’s done. These guys, and nearly all are male, are smart and funny and full of beans. They’re at once disarmingly practical and full of artistic élan.

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