Zinder, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-9578-4009 (2015) Signwriter. [Film / Video]

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Paul Zinder is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films have screened at over 70 international film festivals. He is fascinated by the intricacies of a nation’s cultural heritage and the people who build their lives and careers around the safeguarding of a piece of a country’s individuality. Graham Brown, the protagonist in 'Signwriter' (Film, 2015) is a narrowboat painter on the canals of Gloucester, England, and has been for over thirty-five years. Brown’s entire livelihood is spent perfecting what is now considered an ancient and endangered art form, the carefully placed, colourfully presented, and personally chosen art and lettering applied to the sides of the canal boats of England’s canals, that have been a major part of the country’s cultural and industrial landscape for over two-hundred years. 'Signwriter' was made on the request of the Canal and River Trust, to raise awareness of their charitable work. The Trust was formed in 2012 to watch over the waterways of England and Wales and the canals that first came to prominence during the Industrial Revolution. As Graham notes in 'Signwriter', the cultural relevance of this history has never been lost on him. He has always made it part of his job to pay homage to the traditional methods of painting the canal boats to honour the grand history of the canals themselves. 'Signwriter' screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as part of the 2016 Black Maria Film Festival (winning Director’s Choice Award), at the 2016 Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival (nominated for a Best Editing Award), at the 2016 Walthamstow International Film Festival (London, UK), at the 2015 Canada Shorts Festival (winning a Certificate of Excellence), at the 2015 Croydon International Film Festival (London, UK), the 2015 Sunscreen Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA), and at the 2015 Virginia Film Festival (Charlottesville, VA).

Item Type: Film / Video
Additional Information: Short documentary film on Graham Brown, Gloucester’s septuagenarian narrowboat sign painter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Film; Documentary; Gloucester; Narrowboat; REF2021
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1995.9.DN Documentary Films
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 15:12
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 20:18

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