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Archive for January, 2010

Film on Rock Poster Art

AMERICAN ARTIFACT: THE RISE OF AMERICAN ROCK POSTER ART (a Chicago premiere!)
2009, Merle Becker, USA, 88 min.

“Finally, a true American form of artistic expression is given the long-overdue credit it deserves.”—Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood
As noted in the December issue of Chicago magazine, the lowly rock poster, once snubbed by the connoisseurs of high culture, is now a hot, sought-after collectible in the art world. AMERICAN ARTIFACT’s sumptuous history of this extravagant art form shows off the colorful work to advantage while giving voice to its fascinating and outspoken creators. Featured artists include Stanley Mouse, legendary designer of the Grateful Dead logo; Victor Moscoso, famed for his vibrating, psychedelic designs; plus Frank Kozik, COOP, EMEK, Tara McPherson, Chicago designers Jay Ryan and Mat Daly, and more. The soundtrack features Butthole Surfers, The Avengers, The Slackers, Andrew Bird, and more. DigiBeta video.

Director Merle Becker and poster artists Jay Ryan, Mat Daly, Steve Ryan, and Jim Pollock will be present for audience discussion following the 8:00 pm screening on Saturday.

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street       Map it
Chicago, Illinois 60601

January 29th—February 4th
Fri—6:15pm
Sat—4:30pm, 8:00pm
Sun—3:00pm
Mon—7:45pm
Wed—7:45pm
Thu—6:00pm

Film about Type

TYPEFACE (a Chicago premiere!)
2009, Justine Nagan, USA, 58 min.

VIVA LA CAUSA
1974, Teena Webb, USA, 12 min.

IN TYPEFACE, handmade wooden type in an astonishing range of sizes and styles comes to life in new and unique combinations when seasoned craftsmen, the masters of an obsolete but beloved technology, throw open the treasure trove of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in the historic town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, to contemporary artists and graphic designers. This exploration of the art of putting letters on a printed page from world-renowned Kartemquin Films (HOOP DREAMS) finds the human story in the preservation of the centuries-old printing process when artists of the digital age discover the tactile delight and limitless possibilities of working with the real rather than the virtual.

Preceded by the vintage Kartemquin short VIVA LA CAUSA, celebrating Chicago’s Chicano mural movement of the 1970s. 16mm.

TYPEFACE director Justine Nagan will be present for audience discussion at the Friday screening.

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street        Map it
Chicago, Illinois 60601

January 29th—February 4th
Fri—8:00pm
Sat—3:00pm, 6:15pm
Sun—4:45pm
Mon—6:15pm
Tue—7:45pm
Wed—6:15pm
Thu—7:45pm