DC Independent Film Festival: Neon Documentary “Gasper & Son” Premiers at Navy Memorial

DC Independent Film Festival starts on February 25th (locations around the city) One film that I can recommend explores a dying handcraft told by father and son neon sign makers. It's sad to see traditional crafts disappearing, so to watching this story enforces the need to support the true artistry that we lose sometimes through modernity.

DCIFF will be hosting a one ­time screening of the short documentary “Gasper & Son” at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20004 on February 28, 2015 at 2:30pm.

“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 Aristic 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.

You can also view the trailer for the film at: https://gasperandson.com.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1212842

Metro: Use Yellow or Green Line's to Archives station. (The Naval Heritage Center is to the right as you exit.)

Keep updated on news and future screenings at Facebook.com/gasperandson.

Gasper & Son is produced by Greenpointers.com, Ugly Art Room, LLC & Freckless Productions.

The film was Directed by Hannah Jayanti, Jen G. Pywell, & Miguel A. Rodriguez.