A Thief Among the Angels
55 minutes / Ages 13+ / 2000 / United States of America / Average:
One of the most renowned book artists on earth creates a revolutionary interpretation of the greatest book in history.
Barry Moser is a big bear of a man with a full, white beard and the Tennessee accent of a Bible Belt preacher (which, at 19, is exactly what he was). He's also a master book designer, illustrator, publisher and virtuoso wood engraver.
Now, he has completed the project of a lifetime, the typographer's and illustrator's Everest. Barry Moser has done the Bible - the only Bible of the 20th century to be illustrated by a single artist.
This film tells the story of Barry Moser and his visually stunning, intensely personal interpretation of Western Civilization's central text. It's a film about a man using an engraving tool to separate light from dark; about throwing new light on an ancient text; about typography, words, images, paper, printing and binding.
This is also a funny, quirky take on a fascinating clash of opposites - a "heathen" meeting the Bible; a dyslexic achieving the pinnacle of typography; a medieval craft dissolving into today's computer imaging technologies.
Winner: Best Documentary at The 2000 Northampton Film Festival; Bronze Medal at The 2000 Telly Awards; Finalist at The 31st Annual USA Film Festival.
Cast: Barry Moser
: Matthew Carter
: Nicholas Basbanes
: Rich Michelson
: Bradley Hutchinson
: Paul Mariani
USA Film Festival -- Finalist (Nominated)
New York Festivals -- Golden Reel (Nominated)
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, USA
Arizona International Film Festival
Breckenridge Festival of Film
Cucalorus Film Festival
DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival
New Haven Film Fest
Rhode Island International Film Festival