Laura from Brown Finch Films contacted me last week because they featured my LWYL poster as a part of their etsy article, Proceed and Be Bold: A Documentary. I was so happy to hear that and of course I checked out the article and right then, I found out that the film is about a letterpress printer who quit his corporate job at the age of 40 to follow his dream of becoming a letterpress artist. I was immediately drawn by this film, this article, I thought I really had to watch this film! (see the traler below)
and over the weekend, I got the DVD (Thank you, Laura!!! You can buy it here.) and watched it – it was so great!! Amos’s work and his story are truly inspiring, very honest, very bold, it shows how much fun he’s having and how much he is just open to whatever he feels, thinks, and he is just creating and creating. There are a lot of interesting racial points, too, makes you think and rethink.
I enjoyed a lot because I don’t think I ever saw a documentary film about a letterpress printer and the press he was using looked the same, wood types, the tools… a lot of things were familiar to me. He brings his press (1000-2000lb!) to his street shop and let people try the press to print a letterpress poster – that is just amazing!! No one would ever do that except him! He is great. Full of life, full of energy, I could feel it through the film. I was inspired.
“Don’t be an artist. Artists are full of themselves. Just make stuff. Just quit your job or whatever you hate doing, and make stuff, damnit.” – Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.