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Linotype: The Film

  • Director: Doug Wilson
  • Editor and Directory of Photography: Brandon Goodwin
  • Sound: Jess Heugel
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 79 mins.

The filmmakers will be on hand to introduce the film as will members of Springfield Creatives, a a collaborative group of local creative professionals.

Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, the Linotype type casting machine revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world. The Linotype (pronounced “line-o-type”) completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing communication again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence. The highly-skilled operators of the Linotype are in a battle against time. If their skills are not passed along to a new generation of operators, the machine will die completely. There is a small group of former operators that want to save the Linotype from the scrap yard, but some see this as a fruitless endeavor.

What place does the Linotype have in the age of new technology? Should the machine be shoved into a museum and left to rust? Why should anyone care about typography or the technology of communication? The film seeks to answer these questions.

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