Join us for this free screening of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film – brought to you by Old Dominion University's Visiting Artists Fund & AIGA Hampton Roads! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker, letterpress printer, and graphic design educator Erin Beckloff.
About the film: Watch the trailer
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 caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived?
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.