“I always loved posters just like I love scores and soundtracks,” Nicolas Winding Refn once told IndieWire. “It’s just something around cinema that is more about your imagination, more about what you’re going to be seeing rather than what it is you’re actually seeing. I find that very intoxicating.” Unfortunately, the art of the movie poster has become something of a dying breed in the age of blockbusters and studio tentpoles. For every couple ingenious one-sheets, there seems to be about a hundred carbon copies.
Fortunately, the new documentary “24×36 – A Movie About Movie Posters” is here to take a stand against the boring trends that haunt movie posters today. Directed by Kevin Burke and produced by Snowfort Pictures and Post No Joes Productions, “24×36” chronicles the rise, fall and increasing rebirth of the illustrated movie poster. Interviewees include William Stout, Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin and the iconic Roger Kastel, the man responsible for the “Jaws” poster that has since become a staple of movie iconography.
Entertainment Weekly has exclusive premiered the debut trailer for the documentary, which you can check out below. “24×36 – A Movie About Movie Posters” will premiere at Fantasia Fest at the end of September. The film is looking for U.S. distribution.