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GSU to host screening of ‘Linotype: The Film’

Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will screen “Linotype: The Film” and allow the audience to ask questions of the film’s director, Doug Wilson, afterward.

The event, during which Wilson will also make a presentation about the making of the film, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Russell Union Theater.

Light refreshments sponsored by the Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia will be served afterward. At that time, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak personally with Wilson as well as the Randy Camp, the president of the association, and other industry professionals.

“I like to call the linotype the ‘Twitter of 1886,’” Wilson said. “It was the machine that allowed for practically instantaneous news and information back before electricity. The linotype is the reason we have the speed of communication today.”

Since creating the film, Wilson has toured the country educating community groups, universities and organizations about the linotype. Sept. 30 will mark his first visit to Statesboro, and Georgia Southern University students and community members are invited to attend.

The linotype typecasting machine revolutionized printing and society in the late 1800s. Once hailed as the “eighth wonder of the world” by Thomas Edison, the linotype is an often forgotten piece of history among today’s digitally focused youth.

Determined to remind people of the impact of this instrument, Wilson created “Linotype,” a feature-length documentary centered on the people connected to the linotype machine and how it changed the world.

“We are very elated to have director Doug Wilson joining us,” said Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Interim Chairman Hans Mortensen. “The linotype machine is relevant to all students and members of the community as, without such an invention, we may not have the newspaper, 24-hour news or the Internet as we know today.”

“I am looking forward to sharing the story of the linotype and to surprise people about how entertaining a film about ‘old’ technology can be,” Wilson said.

This event is supported by student activities fees and is free and open to the public.

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