'Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century' a documentary film (trt: 45 minutes)
'Making Faces' is a design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Jim Rimmer to create a new type design, RTF Stern, that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font. Rimmer was one of only a few who possessed the skills needed to create a metal font. Shot in High Definition, this film documents the creation of a new typeface from the preliminary sketches through the cutting and casting of a single letter. The film offers a unique opportunity to share Jim's knowledge with the world.
Clearly anyone interested in type design, letterpress printing and graphic processes would see Making Faces as something inspiring and essential, as there are few films focusing on these topics. Making Faces focuses on one man's dedication to his craft and relays the details of creating a metal typeface, while also conveying this passion to anyone who values the "hand-made" in today's world of convenience. Jim Rimmer's good humor and intelligent description of his process make it an enjoyable viewing experience for those who are even vaguely interested in how things are made.
Making Faces has screened at many international festivals, such as the Festival of Letters in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the ATypI conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. The screening will feature an introduction and Q&A session with director Richard Kegler.
For more about the film: http://makingfacesfilm.blogspot.com/
About the Filmmaker:
Richard Kegler is founder and lead designer of P22 type foundry in Buffalo NY, USA. He is the co-founder (and currently director) of the Western New York Book Arts Center, also in Buffalo, NY. Kegler has a Masters degree from the Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo. Read about the Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC).
About the Here & Now Regional Artist Showcase:
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This event is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.