As the opener for AIGA Nebraska’s 2014 events, Sign Painters didn’t disappoint. Over 120 attendees got to mingle before seeing the new documentary directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media.
Crowd reaction added an element of enthusiasm as applause and hooting erupted at various parts throughout the film. With Slowdown’s spectacular theater and laid-back atmosphere, it proved to be the perfect venue for the event.
The crowd was also treated to a fantastic presentation by Omaha’s very own Nellie MacCullum and Ric Darrell, designer and painter, respectively, of the famous Omaha sign, located in downtown Omaha on the Riley building. They reminisced on the planning and execution of the project and the reasoning behind all the various faded logos adorning the brick wall today. Afterwards, they graciously entertained questions from the audience afterwards. Nellie even let everyone in on her love for “a good handjob”.
Sign Painters brought together people of diverse disciplines and backgrounds, not just designers but people who care about fine art, Omaha history, documentaries, and advertising in general. We strive to attract this type of audience for every event we host. A better crowd couldn’t have been had and we can’t thank everyone enough who attended to make it such a hit! Special thanks go out to MacCullum and Darrell for topping off such a fantastic evening.
And an extra-special thanks to our awesome sponsors, Dolphen’s Design and Sign and Interface School for helping to make the event possible.
If you were there, tell us what you thought of the event on Twitter or Facebook, we really appreciate the feedback. Or, if you missed it and want to experience another great AIGA event, make sure to mark your calendars for May 9th, as we present The National Poster Retrospecticus at The New BLK. It’s free for everyone, so check out Facebook for all the information.
And, finally, don’t forget to take a gander our Sign Painters photo album.
Update: Sign Painters is now available for digital download! Go get it now.