Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Documentary Explores Stamp Collecting

A documentary about stamp collecting,  “Freaks & Errors: A Rare Collection,” is in works according to Collectors Weekly.

Reporter Lisa Hix writes,"Chicago-based documentary filmmaker Mark Cwiakala grew up surrounded by stamps, yet, he never felt compelled to become a collector himself. However, eight years ago, he teamed with executive producer Jonathan Singer to go on a globetrotting journey to find out what exactly made stamps so irresistible to his grandfather and father, both well-respected philatelists."

According to Hix many people perceive stamp collectors as "out-of-touch eccentrics, obsessed with an old-timey habit." “Freaks & Errors: A Rare Collection," hopes to change that perception.

Mark Cwiakala is quoted as saying, "As a documentary filmmaker, it interested me simply that there’s never been a feature-length documentary on stamp-collecting. My grandfather was a well-known collector for more than 70 years, and my dad is a collector and philatelic consultant. But I don’t want it to seem like I’m making this documentary to promote them or their business interests. I’m not a stamp collector myself, but I wanted to learn more about why they do it, and why it’s so special to them."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 6:25 PM