Gasper & Son
Gasper & Son is a short independently produced documentary about a father and son neon sign shop in Ridgewood, Queens. It was an official selection at the DC Independent Film Festival and was awared Best Documentary at the Queens World Film Festival. Watch the full film above.
Gasper & Son is a short independently produced documentary 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.
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• Queens World Film Festival - March 20, 2015 at 8:15pm - Location: PS 69 (77-02 37th Ave, Corona, New York 11372)
• Museum of the Moving Image - March 22, 2015 at 2:15pm - Location: 36-01 35 Ave, New York, New York 11106)
• Film Release Party - July 12, 2015 at 4pm - Location: Adelina's (159 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
Thanks to our Kickstarter Backers!
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