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Linotype: the Film screening next Thursday, April 12

The one-night-only premiere screening will begin at 8pm on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Parkland Theatre. The director will introduce the film and join a panel discussion immediately following the screening. This event is a benefit screening with all proceeds going toward Parkland College’s Fine and Applied Arts Department. The requested donation is $7 at the door.

“LINOTYPE: THE FILM tells the story of the amazingly complex typesetting machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1886. A completely mechanical device, the Linotype changed the way newspapers and books were produced, and in the process instigated the largest revolution in printing since Gutenberg. Until computerized phototypesetters were invented in the 1970s, the Linotype was the workhorse of the graphic arts industry with tens of thousands of machines in service all over the world. Every newspaper had at least one Linotype in operation. Without the Linotype, book publishing would still be in its infancy. Today, a few Linotype enthusiasts are trying very hard to rescue this forgotten machine from complete obsolescence.”

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