Final Marks: Film Facts
1979, Film: 16mm
49 minutes, Color
Description: A documentary about lettercutting, in both monumental inscriptions and on gravestones. The filmmakers were given complete access over a two year period to the work of the craftsmen of the John Stevens Shop in Newport, Rhode Island, the oldest business in the United States still in continuous operation in the same colonial building. It chronicles the work of John ‘Fud’ Benson, then the owner and principal designer, and, arguably, one of the most accomplished letter cutters in the world.
Featuring: John "Fud" Benson, John Hegnauer, Brooke Roberts
Copyright: 1979, Final Marks
Filmmaker(s): Frank Muhly, Jr., Peter O'Neill
Cinematography: Peter O'Neill
Editing: Peter O'Neill, Frank Muhly
Sound: Frank Muhly
Acknowledgements: With the participation of the John Stevens Shop: John "Fud" Benson, John Hegnaurer, Brooke Roberts. Also Pat Chase, Richard Commolli (Bonner Monument Co.), National Gallery of Art.
Funding: Made with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency. Additional funding: Hope Goddard, Katherine Wright.
Awards: CINE Golden Eagle; a Silver Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival; Red Ribbon from the American Film Festival; Best of Festival, New England Film Festival.
Distribution: Frank Muhly Productions, frankmuhly(AT)yahoo.com
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