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Directed by Briar Levit

Portland 2017 84 mins. In English

It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works. For decades before that, the hands of industrious workers and various ingenious machines and tools brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer. Graphic Means explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocom position, from paste-up to PDF. Made with an all-women crew, Levit’s film also reveals the growing community of women filmmakers in Portland. Briar Levit will introduce the film.

Genres: Documentary



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.