Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century
Film Screening with director Q&A
Come join us at Typekit's headquarters on Tuesday October 4, 2011 for a more personal look at Richard Keglers' new documentary on metal typefaces. We'll open the doors at 7:00pm for drinks and begin the screening at 7:30pm followed by a Q&A at 8:30pm.
'Making Faces' is a fascinating design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931-2010).
Making Faces focuses on one man's dedication to his craft and relays the details of creating a metal typeface, while also conveying this passion to anyone who values the "hand-made" in today's world of convenience. Jim Rimmer's good humor and intelligent description of his process make it an enjoyable viewing experience for those who are even vaguely interested in how things are made.
In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Jim Rimmer to create a new type design, RTF Stern, that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font. Rimmer was one of only a few who possessed the skills needed to create a metal font.
This film documents the creation of a new typeface from the preliminary sketches through the cutting and casting of a single letter. The film offers a unique opportunity to share Jim's knowledge with the world.
Clearly anyone interested in type design, letterpress printing and graphic processes would see Making Faces as something inspiring and essential, as there are few films focusing on these topics.
Richard Kegler is founder and lead designer of P22 type foundry. He is also currently director of the WNY Book Arts Center in Buffalo NY. Kegler has a Masters degree from the Department of Media Study and the University at Buffalo
“The film is excellent ...truly wonderful! (Jim Rimmer is) wonderfully charming and such an amount of detail to observe.”
- The Brothers Quay, filmmakers
“I’m not sure what impresses me more, Rimmer’s love and devotion to his work, which is so beautifully portrayed in this movie, or the fact that a fellow designer took it upon himself to document it.”
- Rudy VanderLans, Emigre
“I think it’s a terrific piece of work. For those of us who knew Jim, it’s a powerful reminder of what we’ve lost. For all those who didn’t, I think it’s a fine, true glimpse of what they missed.”
- Robert Bringhurst
"A pure process film on the true hands-on method of creating typefaces, as demonstrated by one of its last practitioners. 'Making Faces' is an important resource for typography students and experts alike."
- Gary Hustwit, filmmaker
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