News from Richard Kegler re his documentary of type designer & typefounder Jim Rimmer, Making Faces: the film “will be screened in early November in Two Rivers, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington. Both screenings will feature a Q&A session from film maker Richard Kegler.
The Hamilton Woodtype Museum in Two Rivers is presenting their second annual Wayzgoose Conference Nov 5-7 with a great array of speakers and ending with a screening of Making Faces.
The Seattle screenings are part of the Type Americana Conference and in conjunction with the Northwest Film Forum on Nov 12 and 13.”
This past Sunday several hundred people gathered at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver to celebrate the memory of Jim Rimmer, typographer, typefounder, printer, and graphic artist.
Since Jim’s passing in January of this year, many people in the printing, typography, and fine press communities have been worried — and with good reason — that Jim’s typefounding and casting knowledge would pass on with him.
It was an exciting moment, then, when the young and energetic Jason Dewinetz of Greenboathouse Press announced in his eulogy that much of Jim’s typefounding and printing equipment will not be moved to a museum or university archive. Instead, Jason has arranged to purchase this equipment from the Rimmer family and move it to Vernon, B.C., where it will continue to be used in the production of finely printed books. We couldn’t hope for a better home for this equipment.
Jason’s announcement was a relief to many, just as it was a relief to learn several years ago that Richard Kegler of P22 Typefoundry had purchased the rights to distribute Jim’s digital font library, thereby relieving Jim of the task of promoting his own work—something Jim seemed constitutionally unable to do.
It is great to see Jim’s legacy passed on in such a tangible way.
Two documentaries about Jim Rimmer in the works:
Many of you already know that Richard Kegler is finishing work on a documentary film about Jim Rimmer called Making Faces: A Documentary on Cutting Metal Type. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph0ooDzD4ZQ&feature=player_embedded.
There is another Rimmer documentary in the works: Ryan Mah, who apprenticed with Jim, filmed Jim at work every Sunday for three years. This footage is now being edited and From Lead to Gold: A Portrait of Jim Rimmer will appear this fall. You can watch the trailer here: http://www.fromleadtogold.com/clips.html
I’m posting this on behalf of Richard Kegler, the filmmaker whose Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century — a documentary of type designer and type founder Jim Rimmer — stands in need of funding if it is to move forward. Kegler’s obituary of Jim Rimmer, who passed away this winter, will appear in the fall 2010 issue of Parenthesis. Read Richard Kegler’s appeal for donations below. Click here to donate.
About this project
Two years ago I shot footage (in HD video) for a documentary on possibly the only person who designed and fabricated fonts in both digital and metal formats. This person, Jim Rimmer, has died this year and this delayed project is in need of finishing. My commitments to starting a book arts center and making it work in one of the poorest cities in America has taken more of my time and resources than ever imagined.
With additional funds I can secure finishing assistance and be able to produce the film and schedule screenings as well as produce a DVD that will be made available via documentary and educational channels.
The trailer for the film was made with an optimistic target release of Spring 2009. The trailer can be seen on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch…
This project has a dual goal of documenting the almost-lost skill of creating metal fonts and of capturing the personality and work process specifically of practitioner the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). P22 type foundry commissioned Mr. Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and, hand-set metal font in 2008. The skills needed to create a metal font are known by very few people and Mr. Rimmer was generous to a fault when it came to sharing his knowledge. Considering that Jim Rimmer was possibly the only individual who designed and cast typefaces in metal as well as in digital format, this opportunity to document the processes of the historic with the contemporary would not present itself again.
This documentary was begun with a minimal budget but with expectations of a final edited film in Hi-Def digital video that would be accessible and useful for typography professionals and graphic arts schools and to a more general audience interested in motivation and obsession of a fascinating, esoteric and culturally omnipresent field of work. The final film on DVD is planned to be screened at festivals, graphic arts conferences and made available to schools, other interested organizations, individuals and broadcast outlets.
The home stretch in finishing this film is primarily making the time and securing additional assistance in tightening up some detail. Then it will be ready for the world. The lack of firm obligations to backers or release dates made this a hazy obligation. Every kickstarter backer for this project will now be my motivation to have the obligation to get this project finished. Many levels of pledge rewards will provide a pre order opportunity.
Printer and typographer Jim Rimmer, who passed away last Friday, touched the lives of hundreds of artists, illustrators, printers, typographers, musicians, and friends over the years, and no doubt there will be many tributes to Jim in the coming weeks and months. One early tribute is the Facebook page Remembering Jim Rimmer, which you can see — and contribute to — here.
Jason Dewinetz of Greenboathouse Press was recently paid the honour of being invited by the Typophiles to give a presentation at their spring luncheon in New York City.
Jason is a fine designer and printer and it is no wonder his work caught the eye of the Typophiles. The subject of his presentation was contemporary fine printing in western Canada, which means he talked about the works of the big three of Canada’s west: Barbarian Press, Jim Rimmer’s Pie Tree Press, and Heavenly Monkey.
I’m very pleased that Jason agreed to contribute an account of his visit to New York to the this blog. The following article is the first in a series of occasional Guest Posts to be featured on the FPBA blog. If you have an idea for a Guest Post, we’d love to hear about it. Please address it to Paul Razzell at NAEditor [at] FPBA [dot] com.