I stumbled upon the short film titled Font Men, which was being screened at the SXSW Film Festival and definitely wanted to recommend it to everyone! This 6 minute mini-documentary packs such an amazing amount of information in so little time, it's impressive. Font Men delves into the work and art of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, who were the driving forces behind the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world. Aside from biographical, this film also sheds light on the process of creating a font type and the itty bitty nuances of detail that define one from another.
The film was created by dress code, a small design agency out of New York City. They have created a wonderfully eclectic collection of short films that I couldn't help but keep checking out one after another like a crazy candy binge (not based on personal experience, of course). There's an amazing way that they are able to flesh out the subject and make you feel like you're there in the moment, learning along side of them. They've done many films for AIGA, the professional organization for design, which spotlight designers that have become icons in their own time. A favorite of these is the short documentary highlighting Stefan Sagmeister.
A couple of other films worth watching stem from grants given through sappi, a grant program that supports designers that use their skills to aid in the social good. Seeing how design, collaboration and creativity can have such global impact is certainly inspirational and makes for great films. Check it out!