has been busy with screenings!
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Team All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic wishes to thank Professor Hatsuo "Ken" Ishida, Dept. of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University for his generous hospitality towards John and Hugh in Cleveland. We loved the tour of your labs with Dr. Lu Han on November 2nd.
Film Director John E. Maher,  Dr. Lu Han and Executive Producer  Hugh Karraker  in front of the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Building

Professor Hatsuo "Ken" Ishida, Hugh Karraker and John E. Maher

Professor Ishida demonstrates the Carver table-top press for John
The dinners you treated us to were exceptional - both the food and the company. Your wife, Dr. Yuqin Li, and son, Leo were charming and Hugh looks forward to continued conversation with Leo.  

At the second dinner, we enjoyed lively conversation with your Department Head, David Schiraldi and Mark Soucek, Dept. of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron and his son.  We especially appreciate how everything came together for the November 3rd screening in the Strosacker Auditorium. It was our largest audience this year.
Audience taking their seats in Strosacker Auditorium

A special thanks to Mark Soucek, University of Akron, Emily Pentzer, Dept. of Chemistry and David Schiraldi, Dept. Head of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western for their participation in the Q & A.
A big thank you goes to Crystal Miller, Director of Science and Engineering at Hathaway Brown School (an all girls High School), who brought 10 students. Crystal reported:

" My students were pleasantly surprised at just how entertaining, fun, and informative the documentary ended up being. I heard only good reviews from my students who said there were many parts that made them laugh and they found that it was engaging for the entire time. I also found that it was incredibly well done and learned quite a bit about polymers. It was an excellent movie!"
One of Crystal's students wrote:

" I think that after watching the film, I felt a reiteration of the importance of plastic and polymers. It is an issue with unacknowledged importance, and has a plethora of unsolved problems. I am applying to college at this point, and I want to be a chemical engineer so that I can synthesize materials that can solve problems and be better for the environment, which were topics in the Bakelite film. Watching the film, I felt some recognition towards the problem that I want to devote my career to, which was great. Thanks!"

Before the screening at Case Western, staff reporter, Hope Yashnik, wrote an article, Bakelite Film Highlights the Inventor of the First Plastic, for the campus newspaper, the Observer.
Design in Plastics Conference
Detroit, Michigan screening

We thank Bob Grace, Conference Chair and his assistant, Scott Marko of the Society of Plastics Engineers, for their efforts to make showing our film a delightful experience at the second bi-annual Design in Plastics Conference  in Detroit, November 7th and 8th.
Hugh holds our new poster for design schools

We extend a special thanks to Pat Farrey, CEO, and Raed Al-Zu'bi, President of SPE, who were present at the Conference for their continuing support of our film.
The Conference held at the College of Creative Studies was excellent and included a good choice of presenters. John and Hugh sat in on several presentations and made some new friends in the design world.

Cocktail hour at N'Namdi Center in Detroit
After cocktails our film was shown at the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art. The audience was enthralled and asked many good questions in the Q & A. Several people invited us to show the film at their institutions.  ford

The Center staff was very helpful with the projection set up and with running the event.
Henry Ford Museum

John and Hugh visited the Henry Ford Museum, where John took in the wonders of American Innovation and Hugh reconnected with Clara Deck, Senior Conservator. She brought up the possibility of showing our film at the Museum in the future.

Filmmakers John E. Maher and Hugh Karraker

The last screening in 2017 will be in our neck of the woods... Brooklyn, NY on November 29th.

Wednesday, November 29th, 6:30 pm
New York University
Tandon School of Engineering
Pfizer Auditorium
5 Metrotech Center, 1st Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201

The Department of Student Affairs at New York University, Tandon School of Engineering presents  All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic Wednesday, November 29th at 6:30 pm.

Director John E. Maher will moderate the post-film discussion with special guests TBA.

Reservations required for campus security. 

Loretta Gardner Interview

Another video has been added to our library of Baekeland/Bakelite stories... In this video, Hugh Karraker interviews Loretta Gardner, a former employee of the Bakelite Corporation at Bound Brook, New Jersey. Loretta Gardner started at Bakelite in 1937.  

All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

Two versions of the film available
21 minutes / Educational - Industry
56 minutes / Full length