From filmmaker Gary Hustwit:
What impact do you hope this film will have?
This will probably sound strange, but I’m not actually concerned with what impact the film will or will not have. I made this film because three years ago I wanted to see a documentary about graphic design and typography, but I couldn’t find one. So I made one. That’s it. There are other films I want to see that don’t exist yet, so I’ll make those next. But I do hope that people will appreciate the creativity and personalities of the designers in HELVETICA as much as I do.
His three favorite films:
Sans Soleil. Blue Velvet. Bugsy Malone.
His advice for aspiring filmmakers:
If you want to make documentaries, absolutely do not go to film school. Buy a video camera. Press record.
His most inspirational food for making independent film:
Pasta. Lots of pasta.
Gary Hustwit has produced five feature documentaries, including I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, the award-winning film about the band Wilco; Moog, the documentary about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog; and Drive Well, Sleep Carefully, a tour film about the band Death Cab for Cutie. HELVETICA is Hustwit's directorial debut. He worked with punk label SST Records in the late 1980s, ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was vice president of the media Web site Salon.com in 2000, and started the indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001.