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This is a Story About Neon Signs

Come with me, Erika Barker, on a journey to the very heart of Tribeca, where the streets hum with the vibrancy of city life. We shall delve deep into the shining world of Let There Be Neon, one of New York City's finest purveyors of the glowing, flickering art form that is the neon sign.

In this beguiling mini-documentary, we shall witness the melding of art and science as we explore the captivating process of crafting these luminous masterpieces. Glimpsing the skilled artisans who bend and shape the neon tubes with practiced hands, we shall learn of the incredible history and cultural significance of these glowing beacons.

Be you lover of art, design, or simply a seeker of enchanting knowledge, this mesmerizing video will offer you a rare and illuminating look into the magical world of neon sign making. So come, let us wander together into the glistening realm of Let There Be Neon, and discover the wonder that awaits us within.

  • Erika Mercedes Barker
  • Erika Mercedes Barker
    Key Cast
  • Ed Skrypa
    Key Cast
    "First Interview"
  • Jeff Friedman
    Key Cast
    "Second Interview"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital H.264
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Distribution Information
  • You Tube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Erika Mercedes Barker

From the dusty plains of Iraq to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, Erika Barker has crafted a mesmerizing tapestry of captivating stories as a military combat journalist and storyteller. With over 15 years of experience in art direction, advertising, and public relations, Erika has honed her expertise in digital media and creative strategy to a fine point, leading teams of creative professionals to deliver exceptional work for global campaigns.

From the polished boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to the bustling streets of urban metropolises, Her works, whether a television docu-series, or evocative commercial photography, tell a story that defines who we are, and possibly where we are going.

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Director Statement

Dear festival-goers,

I'm excited to share my film with you, inspired by my love for storytelling and admiration for the skilled artisans who create neon masterpieces. Join me on a journey of wonder and magic, as we explore the art and science of crafting neon signs and discover the stories and cultural significance behind each glowing masterpiece.

Let's connect through the power of this captivating art form and explore the beauty of the craft together. I can't wait to share this journey with you.


Erika Barker