Helvetica film World Premiere

swiss dots's picture

Greetings all, just wanted to let you know that Helvetica will have its World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 13th. I'll be there to answer questions and buy drinks, along with a few designers from the film, TBA. There will be two more screenings of the film at SXSW later that week, and then screenings at other film festivals museums, colleges, and design conferences. We'll be posting our preliminary screening schedule later this week, and planning another 100 or so screenings worldwide for the next few months, so stay tuned.

Thanks to all of you on Typophile for all your help. Look for the Typophile "thanks" in the film's credits!

Cheers,

-Gary

blank's picture

I hope that also means lots of extra DVDs too...somebody get my drool bucket, my socks are getting wet.

Gary could probably do pretty well by just selling the complete interviews of the individual designers on iTunes. Who wouldn’t want four hours of Massimo Vignelli talking about type?

hrant's picture

> Who wouldn’t want four hours of Massimo Vignelli talking about type?

Try 2 seconds. Four hours of Spiekermann - now we're talking!

hhp

Si_Daniels's picture

>Try 2 seconds. Four hours of Spiekermann - now we’re talking!

In Thessa Gary suggested that there were parts of his interview that should remain on the cutting room floor for legal reasons. ;-)

hrant's picture

And the rest should end up there because it's decades out of whack.

hhp

Linda Cunningham's picture

In Thessa Gary suggested that there were parts of his interview that should remain on the cutting room floor for legal reasons. ;-)

ROFL! Yeah, he said the same thing to me here, and that was about many of them, in fact -- makes me want to see each one all the more. :-)

I can see it now: Helvetica, The Complete Unexpurgated Version, available in a 75-DVD set, complete with 200-page legal disclaimer, earplugs for the sensitive, and a dictionary for translating dirty words.

ebensorkin's picture

Try 2 seconds. Four hours of Spiekermann - now we’re talking!

Dude. Totally.

blank's picture

Try 2 seconds. Four hours of Spiekermann - now we’re talking!

That could be the comedy hit of the summer. I think that the one thing about typography/design that my partner now remembers is that Erik Spiekermann guy I’m always rambling on about.

dezcom's picture

Rambling but enjoyable.

ChrisL

swiss dots's picture

Just finished editing the DVD extras last week. It's about 100 minutes of additional interview footage, with almost everyone in the film getting several extra clips. Vignelli rants about "the flower children," Spiekermann rants about Arial, Crouwel explains his Proposal for a New Alphabet, Hoefler and Frere-Jones discuss the process behind Gotham, Mike Parker talks about Jackson Burke and Mergenthaler in the '60s, Matthew Carter on the lower case "e," Michael Bierut on branding, Zapf on Zapf, Paula Scher on the "mean" Modernists, and oh so much more. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll see more of Michael C. Place's hairless cats.

October 9 will be the release date for the DVD in North America, and it should be close to that (maybe a week or two later) in most European countries. We'll have pre-order info (and a better description of the extras) online by TypeCon...

Cheers from Auckland,

-Gary

ebensorkin's picture

Thanks for the update Gary! That's good news indeed. :-)

dezcom's picture

Gary,

Will we be seeing the new DVD version at TypeCon or the original?
Thanks for doing this for all of us whacked type geeks, too!

ChrisL

blank's picture

Typecon should definitely have a screening room where every moment of unused interview footage is shown.

Si_Daniels's picture

We'd like people to actually attend the talks and workshops - not spend the whole time in a dark room watching the out-takes ;-)

And do you have any idea how much attorneys charge per hour ;-)

dberlow's picture

"...spend the whole time in a dark room watching the out-takes"
lol, sounds like a lot like atypi's typetech, though, dont it!

Si_Daniels's picture

Ha, ha, ha! But you shouldn’t believe everything your spies tell you. Maybe turn up one year in disguise and see for yourself. ;-)

dberlow's picture

"Maybe turn up one year in disguise and see for yourself."
Been dare, done dat. :)

mili's picture

I bought the DVD a long time ago, and today had finally a chance to see the film on the big screen, as it's showing three times on the Love and Anarchy, Helsinki International Film Festival. Two of the shows are already sold out.
The bigger viewing was very enjoyable. The film shown came from a DVD, is it on film at all?

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