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"In this lovely documentary, both elegiac and hopeful, understated yet moving, filmmaker Nagan unobtrusively presents the story of this museum, with a narration shifting among the voices of those involved, from the lone museum employee to the former Hamilton workers who return as volunteers to keep alive aspects of wood display-type creation (operating the pantograph machine; trimming type). Here also is the larger story of how the past can slip from our hands and of how, with attention and support, it can abide. Highly recommended for those already appreciating this part of Americana and those ready to be enchanted by it."

"Viewers interested in typography and the history of graphic design are likely to appreciate this documentary... A strong optional purchase."

"Infectious. You want to go to Two Rivers."

"Typeface touches on notions about globalization and the nature of authenticity, turning a seemingly quaint subject into a meditation on the pressing issues of the day."

"Typeface the movie is like porn for designers."

"One can almost smell the fresh ink drying on paper... Justine Nagan has a brilliant career as a filmmaker ahead of her."

Paul Young, Smile Politely

"It's a well-crafted film, with human characters that are funny and sad, lovely camera work and taut editing... a movie that's equally appealing to art school hipsters and to lovers of rural America."

Susan Troller, The Capital Times

"A documentary has done its job when it inspires the viewer to take action. Typeface, a look at a printmaking shop in Two Rivers, WI, is a documentary that has not only begun to revitalize a tradition that is endangered, but has inspired similar films."

Jason Behrends,

"Typeface makes wood type and letterpress artistry look cool, even sexy."

Movie, Official TCM blog.

  Elegaic…slow and easy

Hank Sartin, TimeOut Chicago

“Nagan’s Typeface has a tactile quality that’s unexpectedit doesn’t feel nostalgic, but appreciative of history, its weight and its wonder...”

Ray Pride, New City  

“An illuminating documentary”

Green Bay Press Gazette  

“It's poignant and inspiring, and exemplifies the way documentaries can motivate audiences to act..”

Daughter Number Three Blog  


Alyson Kuhn, Felt and Wire