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 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.

“A salve for technological oversaturation, Andrew P. Quinn and Erin Beckloff’s documentary about letterpress printing features interesting characters who have devoted much to the art form.”

- The New York Times

“Co-directed by Andrew P. Quinn and Erin Beckloff, this informative and engaging documentary takes us all the way from the 15th century, when Johannes Gutenberg cast the first movable metal type, to 2011, when Taylor Swift hires Nashville's venerable Hatch Show Print to create letterpress-printed posters for one of her tours.”

- los angeles times

“Filmmakers Andrew P. Quinn and Erin Beckloff explore the world of old-fashioned printing in Pressing On: The Letterpress Film. We meet proud artisans of a certain age, men who have spent their lives purchasing, restoring, and operating these ancient machines and scouring the countryside for boxes of type. They are an unusual breed, a real bunch of characters who love passing on their hard-earned knowledge to a younger generation. The directors of Pressing On also appreciate the beauty of the moving parts as these majestic apparatuses—some of them more than one hundred years old—bring signs, posters, and other printed matter to life... you’re bound to enjoy this film.”

- leonard maltin