Long time members and fresh faces alike joined us last night at the art house theatre, Cinema 21, for a film screening of the documentary, Sign Painters. The excitement began in the lobby where guests, equipped with Poplandia popcorn for snacking, admired a display of lettering work by local sign painters Colt Bowden, Lee Littlewood, Peter McKearnan and Justin Riede.
As soon as the hand-painted opening credits aired, we knew we were in for some quality film-making. We learned, we laughed, and we were inspired to hear the tales of artists so completely dedicated to their craft, even when it seemed like their trade might die out. As the sign painters say, “you’ve got to have fire in your belly.”
But what came after the curtains was the real treat: four local sign painters opened up to answer direct questions from the audience about their lives and their livelihood. They shared favorite sign styles (gold leaf on glass), their indispensable resources (primarily old sign painting books), and their favorite way to work: “We all like unrestricted creativity.”
Thanks to everyone who made the evening possible, particularly Colt Bowden, Lee Littlewood, Pete McKearnan, and Justin Riede for sharing their work and wisdom. Here’s to victory over vinyl!
Check out all the photos from the Sign Painters screening on our Facebook page here. And join us this Fall as we pop up at the Mission Theatre with a screening of the film Maker the Movie.