Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Join AIGA Iowa and The Red Door Press for an afternoon showing of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film at the Des Moines Art Center.

A panel including letterpress printers featured in the film will follow and attendees can visit Mainframe Studios for refreshments and a pop-up print show later that evening. 


Pressing On: The Letterpress Film 2 - 4 pm | Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center

Film Panel 4 - 5 pm | Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center

After Party & Print Show 6 - 9 pm | Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way Des Moines, IA 50309


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.


This husband and wife duo started their now burgeoning business out of their garage in 2012. This past year they moved into a newly renovated space at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, IA and continue to print everything from unique cards, broadsides, social stationery, corporate branding and more. 

When & Where
Sat, Mar 31, 2018 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312