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Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film
Tue, Sept 11 2018

09/11 | 8:00 PM

UICA Members: $4
Public: $8

* Movie tickets can also be purchased at the Guest Services desk beginning at 12 noon on the date of this screening.

On Tue, September 11 join us for a one night screening of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film in partnership with Freshly Squeezed Print Shop and AIGA West Michigan.


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 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.

Directed By: Erin Beckloff | Andrew P. Quinn
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 99 Minutes
MPAA Rating: NR
Origin: USA


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About AIGA West Michigan
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

Our local chapter, AIGA West Michigan, was founded in 2009, uniting a group of professionals and students with diverse backgrounds but a common interest in design. We aim to create a place where design can be discovered, discussed, understood, and appreciated. Our programming focuses on ways to inspire our members, learn new things, and connect with each other and the community.

With nearly 400 members, we are among the fastest growing chapters of AIGA, the oldest and largest professional organization for design. Nationally, AIGA represents over 25,000 design professionals, educators and students through national activities and local programs developed by 70 chapters and 200 student groups.


About Freshly Squeezed Print Shop
Freshly Squeezed is an old-fashioned letterpress print shop located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 2010. All of the equipment we use is around 100 years old and is powered by hand or by foot, completely off the grid. We print wedding invitations to journals to die-cut coasters, and everything in between; all with a nice clean impression in the paper. Stop by our shop at 1121 Fulton Street E for a tour. We love what we do and hope you do to!


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: September 7
Let the Corpses Tan
Later Event: September 14
Skate Kitchen