USA, 2009, 59 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art, Documentary
DocNight presentation Thursday, May 27 at 7pm
Director Justine Nagan In-Person!
Film and Q&A followed by a reception in Gallery 30
Digital presentation - It’s a Thursday afternoon and all is quiet in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Main Street is virtually empty, and there are “for rent” signs in several shop windows. In the last few years, the un-employment rate has been consistently on the rise in the region. Factories are leaving the heartland for cheaper locales and the little town of Two Rivers is struggling to re-invent itself. Jim VanLanen, one of the town’s most industrious entrepreneurs, began developing small museums as a way to bring tourists and industry to the area.
A few blocks off the main drag, in a section of the old cavernous Hamilton printing factory, a lone employee waits in the most popular of these museums for visitors to come. A couple of individuals straggle in every few days and then, come Friday, the museum fills with life. Machines hum, presses print, artists buzz about. One weekend each month, the quiet of Two Rivers is interrupted as carloads of artisans drive in from across the Midwest. The place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the region’s top creative talent descend on the sleepy enclave. The museum is significant to the town’s history, but more importantly, its existence is critical to the worldwide design community who are passionate about the history of their craft and its function in the contemporary field. They believe the future of their industry may lie in the past.
On Friday May 28, delve deeper into typography at the Denver Art Museum's Untitled #29 (Typo),which celebrates design with a screening of Typeface, printing demonstrations with master printer Rick Griffith of MATTER Studio and a soapbox chat with curator Darrin Alfred. The film will be shown in the Hamilton Building’s Sharp Auditorium at 7 pm with a special appearance by director Justine Nagan and DFS artistic director Brit Withey. Ticketing information available at http://untitled.denverartmuseum.org
About Director Justine Nagan
Justine is Kartemquin Films’ Executive Director. Formerly she worked as the organization's Director of Communications & Distribution and as the Associate Producer on Kartemquin’s Peabody-Award winning, stem cell documentary Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, which was broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens in early 2008. She is currently on the Advisory Board for Midwest Independent Film Festival, has served as the staff representative on Kartemquin’s Board of Directors and as an elected member of the Badger Herald Newspaper’s Board in 1999-2000, and has acted on several other civic and community committees.
DIRECTOR: Justine Nagan
US Distributor: Kartemquin Films
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