I Love this Film
I really want to get people excited about this film. I just watched it for the first time and have to say it's truly inspiring. The art of cutting and setting type by hand is practically extinct. There are few people left that know how to do it, and do it well.
The film focuses on the history of the Hamilton Wood Type company in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. But it also branches off to tell the story of some young design students as well as a letterpress printing/design company in Chicago.
What really grabbed my attention though was the history of the Hamilton wood type company. It was established in 1880 and printed all the way up until 1985. Now it exists as a museum, but there is hope. There are type enthusiast out there that believe in this part of our heritage and are fighting to keep it alive.
What You Can Do
One of the easiest ways you can help is purchasing the film. You can order it here from the Typeface film website.
Another way you can help is by requesting a screening. You can make your request here. Or if you live in Dallas, I am hosting a screening in my home on Friday, September 17. Would love to have you join us.
Lastly, for all you big ballers out there, you can purchase prints directly from the Hamilton Wood Type museum. All sales go to support the museum.