WORLD PREMIERE
MAY 27, 2017
7:30 PM

 

HOSTED BY HATCH SHOW PRINT

 

CMA THEATER

at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

 

 

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ABOUT THE FILM

Pressing On is a documentaryabout the survival of letterpress printing featuring remarkable printers who are preserving the history and making the craft thrive.

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 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. 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.

 

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Saturday will be a full day of letterpress-related fun, kicking off with a family program in the morning, and followed by print shop open houses, talks, and a Hatch Show Print workshop, all culminating with the red carpet premiere of the film in the evening.

All activities are complimentary. Schedule is subject to change.


SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017


9:30 AM – NOON

DROP-IN ACTIVITY

Family fun drop-in activity in the Universal Music Group’s Hatch Show Print Space for Design

No reservations required


NOON – 3:00 PM

SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF LOCAL PRINT SHOPS AND STUDIOS

Visit Sawtooth Print Shop, Isle of Printing, and Hatch Show Print (various locations)


3:00 – 4:00 PM

PRESENTATION: THE HISTORY OF HATCH SHOW PRINT

Survey 138 years of southern culture with a selection of advertising and live-entertainment posters designed by Hatch Show Print, one of the last surviving letterpress shops in America. Advance reservation required. Presentation takes place in the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and will also be streamed below. The program runs one hour.


4:00 – 5:00 PM

PANEL: PRESERVATION THROUGH PRODUCTION, SEDUCTION, AND EDUCATION

Far from a dying art, letterpress printing continues to thrive in the twenty-first century. We’ve asked a few of today’s practitioners to participate in a discussion about the ways in which they continue to preserve, perfect, and share their work. Advance reservation required. Program takes place in the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and runs one hour.

PANELISTS

Katherine Fries
Tammy and Adam Winn
David Wolske
Brad Vetter
Mary Sullivan

This panel is a cross section of artists and educators discussing how letterpress printing survives and thrives in the 21st century.

Katherine Fries discovered letterpress as a graduate painting student, and has since garnered success in the field. As an educator, she shepherds students in the craft and works to build a home for printmaking in higher education.

Couple Tammy and Adam Winn, each with full-time jobs, practice their printing at night and on the weekends, selling work at markets and craft fairs, and are building their collection in hopes of opening a community maker space.

David Wolske is an educator and typographer, whose primary medium is letterpress printing. He reinforces the importance of the physical with his students, isolating and layering wood type to create fine prints that subvert literal interpretation.

Brad Vetter is a graphic designer and printer who combines the use of lasers with his traditional knowledge of letterpress and his love of star-bars to create energetic show posters and brand identities.

Mary Sullivan is meticulous bookmaker and printmaker who’s not afraid to burn the candle at both ends to create gorgeous handmade books and prints.

The discussion will be open for audience questions as time allows.


6:30 – 7:15 PM

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Takes place in the Grand Foyer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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7:30 - 9:15 pm

PRESSING ON  PREMIERE MOVIE SCREENING

The premiere takes place in the CMA Theater. Doors open at 7:00 pm

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9:15 - 10:00 PM

POST-SCREENING Q & A WITH THE FILM MAKERS

Takes place in the CMA Theater​


SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017


9:00 AM - NOON

DROP-IN MEET-UP

Meet-up at the Universal Music Group’s Hatch Show Print Space for Design


MEET THE FILMMAKERS

Erin Beckloff, Co-Director

Erin is a letterpress printer, filmmaker, and graphic design educator. She is an assistant professor of graphic design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she revitalized the Curmudgeon Press type shop and developed letterpress courses. She believes the letterpress printing process will survive through educating others in the craft and that the intangible effects — emotional and physical — are consequential. She has a B.F.A. from Miami University and M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She studied letterpress through practical application and the shared knowledge of master printers, including the talented folks at Hatch Show Print.

Andrew P. Quinn, Co-Director

Andrew has more than ten years of visual storytelling experience, creating content for national and regional clients. He appreciates film for the two-headed beast she is: part means of communication, part art form. Andrew’s hobbies include working on vintage motorcycles and drawing pictures of ugly men. Andrew is also the co-owner of Bayonet Media, located in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kevin Grazioli, Producer

Kevin is an Indianapolis-based producer with Michigan roots. He enjoys the challenge of bringing to life projects from the funding stage through production and distribution and often works alongside advertising agencies and national clients in his role as Bayonet Media’s Sr. Producer. He previously served as executive producer of the Emmy-winning documentary Seeing Stars in Indiana and has won several other Emmy and Addy awards for his work. Kevin enjoys the technology-distant sport of rock climbing and spending time outdoors among the mountains. If you want to talk about the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, Kevin is your guy.

Joseph Vella, Director of Photography

After earning his master’s degree in visual storytelling from Ball State University, Joe racked up some real world experience in L.A. on the sets of popular TV shows like Parenthood and Californication. With thirteen Emmys under his belt, Joe believes visual content will prevail as our primary way of communicating in the future. Joe enjoys traveling and putting vintage camera lenses on modern cameras. Joe is also the co-owner of Bayonet Media, located in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bayonet Media

Founded in 2012, Bayonet Media collaborates with national and regional clients, often pairing with marketing and branding agencies in creating anything from television commercials to web content, television series, and feature documentaries. The team at Bayonet has earned over 17 Emmy awards for their work. Previous and current clients include GE Digital, HBO, Stanley Black and Decker, Bass Pro Shops, PBS, Walmart, Fox Sports, Bryant, and Indiana University. www.bayonetmedia.com