The fourth documentary features Martinez Cigar Shop in New York City, filmed right in the shop in Chelsea. Keith has already made four other documentaries for the series about a gin distiller, a knife maker, a beekeeper and a bike maker, and there are two more films in the works.
When I talked to Keith about how Made by Hand started, he said some of his inspiration came from his own desire for connection. He was questioning why more people didn’t live a life where they had a little less stuff that they could actually have a relationship with.
The motif comes through in his films. Some of his subjects became craftsmen after feeling dissatisfied with other jobs. They wanted a new organic connection to their work. “It’s not just a maker thing,” Keith said. “There’s a ton of that energy going on these days – the desire to make something, to own your own quality, success and failure.”
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