With the advent of contemporary advertising came a new American craft: hand-painted signs. The sign painter wasn't an artist, but a one man ad agency adhering to the laws of type and design with the sole intention of creating a work that would endure on a wall long after a product had launched. Scaling buildings for one client after the next, these counter-cultural painters developed the style of our cities before the creation of a cheap, tech-driven advancement in vinyl lettering nearly shut them out of business. Sign Painters examines the select few painters who stuck around in the midst of dwindling demand and catalyzed a resurgence of sign painting and street art in advertising today. The film is recommended for College and University courses in Art + Design, Art History, Advertising, Urbanization as well as for trade schools.
"Fast-paced, upbeat in tone and message, Sign Painters is an excellent introduction to the trade of sign-painting in America that’s suitable for classroom use at high school and college levels. Recommended."
Over 30 minutes of bonus material
- "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."
- "Fast-paced, upbeat in tone and message, Sign Painters is an excellent introduction to the trade of sign-painting in America that’s suitable for classroom use at high school and college levels. Recommended."