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