Sign Painters trailer

Design Indaba Filmfest 2014: Sign Painters is the first anecdotal history of the craft of hand-lettered signage; a craft under threat in the digital age.

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There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners and billboards were all hand lettered with brush and paint. But in an age of quicker, cheaper digital production, this highly skilled craft is under threat. Sign Painters documents the dedicated practitioners, their time-honoured methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. The documentary is one of the first and few anecdotal histories’ of this unique craft and art. Sign Painters the stories of more than two dozen sign painters – young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops – working in cities throughout the United States.

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