Premier of “Gasper & Son” at Queens World Film Festival
“Let’s go into the fires” at the NYC premier of a film that explores a dying handcraft told by father and son neon sign makers.
Queens, NY, March 20, 2015 – Queens World Film Festival will be hosting a one time screening of the short documentary “Gasper & Son” at PS 69 (77-02 37th Ave, Corona, New York 11372) on March 20, 2015 at 8:15pm.
Nominated Best Documentary, “Gasper & Son” is about the dying art of neon sign making told by father Gasper and his son Robbie, who is carrying on the craft against the backdrop of a well loved but often unforgiving NYC. Decade after decade, through thick and thin, this business has become their life’s work because they’ve put so much of themselves into it. With only a handful of neon sign makers left in the US, Robbie’s kind is rare, but his struggle as a small business owner in an increasingly difficult economy is not. What he carries on is more than a skilled craft, it’s an important family tradition.
Instead of enrolling in college courses, Robbie goes into his father’s neon sign shop called Artistic Neon in Queens, seeking apprenticeship. Without question his father says, “Son, let’s go into the fires.” After a tough 5 year apprenticeship and now over 25 years of experience, Robbie reflects on what neon is today, after it’s “hey day” when he began work in the 70s.
Running a small business in NYC is tough as it is, but burning fingers while bending glass is the least of Robbie’s worries as he tries to navigate a city engulfed in mass produced and cheaper lighting technologies that threaten his livelihood, the craft of neon sign making and the light it sheds on NYC.
View the trailer for the film at: https://gasperandson.com.
Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1233565
Film stills are attached.
A full length press screener is available upon request.
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