For the movie lovers on your gift list, of course, movies are always welcome. (Hint: Who wouldn’t want TCM’s Joan Crawford collection? It’s on sale too.)
Another route to go for the movie lover who has everything is original, affordable movie art from Mondo Gallery, a division of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater organization.
Mondo creates “limited edition screen printed posters for our favorite classic and contemporary films, in addition to vinyl movie soundtracks, VHS re-issues, and apparel.”
Per a recent WSJ article by Don Steinberg, the gallery “commissions world-class illustrators and graphic artists to create posters for new and vintage films the way you’d do it if art was the only consideration, not market research.” Special note: The article includes a fabulous slide show of the posters for your viewing pleasure.
With an array of artists producing posters, styles vary widely. The best part? These are “collectible artworks that are very affordable ($35 to $100, or so).”
The worst part? They’re hard to get.
Competition is fierce to nab one of these limited editions. The article continues to state, “Savvy film buffs know that if you want to score a Mondo, it’s best to monitor Twitter and Facebook for on-sale alerts…and then click fast.” And if you miss out, “there’s a healthy aftermarket for Mondo posters on eBay.” But prepared to shell out “3 to 10 times their original prices.”