• Helvetica Updates

December 17, 2007

Buy my bag!

The excellent Brooklyn non-profit arts magazine A Public Space sponsored our New York cinema run at IFC, and now we’re returning the favor by auctioning off 10 of the sold-out limited-edition box sets as a benefit for them. Plus, I’ve donated my personal Helvetica Freitag bag, … Read More

December 17, 2007

The last 50 limited-edition boxes on sale today

You probably know that the 1,000 copies of the limited-edition DVD box set sold out the week we started taking pre-orders back in August. After the dust had settled from the shipping date a few weeks back, we discovered we still had 50 copies left in the warehouse. So … Read More

December 10, 2007

Helvetica on Studio 360

Public Radio International’s Studio 360, the excellent show hosted by Kurt Anderson, just broadcast a story that featured Kurt and I walking around New York City, pointing out (guess what) all the Helvetica. It opens with an audio clip from “Wheel of Fortune” where Pat and Vanna discuss their … Read More

December 10, 2007

We’ve got Spiritualized

Apologies for the lack of posts recently… I’ve been trying to get back to normal (whatever that is) following the screening tour, and the DVD release week was nuts. I’m in London at the moment, pretending I’m a cinematographer and helping my friends at Plexi shoot the band Spiritualized in … Read More

November 27, 2007

We’ve got Spirit

Helvetica was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award this morning, in the Truer Than Fiction category. Lisa Kudrow actually pronounced my name correctly during the announcements. The award “is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.” I feel very honored, thanks … Read More

November 12, 2007

Then we came to the end

A delicious-looking yet inedible cake in Atlanta… So I hosted my final public screening with the film last Thursday in Atlanta. (Thursday was also the closing night of our 8-week run at the IFC Center in NYC.) Thanks to AIGA Atlanta and the Art Institute for organizing a … Read More

November 6, 2007

Helvetica (sort of) on BBC1 tonight

A shortened version of Helvetica will be broadcast as part of BBC1’s “Imagine” strand tonight at 10:35pm London time. In order to fit it into Imagine’s time slot, the BBC took out about 35 minutes… so there’s no Hermann Zapf, no Linotype guys, no Michael C. Place, no Norm, and … Read More

November 5, 2007

I’m getting cramps

So I got back to New York, and the folks at Plexifilm chained me to a desk, put a pile of film stills in front of me, and stuck a sharpie in my hand. It’s pretty bizarre (and suprisingly time consuming) signing your name 1,000 times. Your signature starts to … Read More

October 31, 2007

Imagine that

I spent an interesting day on the streets of London last week, watching a crew from the BBC film a one-minute introduction to Helvetica, which will be broadcast (in a shortened 48-minute version) on BBC1 in November as part of their Imagine strand. Series host (and BBC Creative Director) Allan … Read More

October 30, 2007

DVD release date changed to 11/20

Due to some unavoidable manufacturing delays, the release date of the retail DVD of Helvetica has been pushed back two weeks to November 20th. The DVD will not be available in stores worldwide until that date. If you’ve pre-ordered the DVD from our site (or the limited-edition box set) your … Read More