Galleries of Contemporary Art
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

December 10, 2018 | 6:30 PM

Chapman Foundations Recital Hall

directed by Erin Beckloff

Don't miss this free film screening, presented in conjunction with the Gadzook! exhibition at GOCA's downtown gallery!

About the Film

The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretaker’s age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age?

Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives—joyful, mournful, reflective and visionary—are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed. Captivating personalities blend with wood, metal and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian and collector in us all.