Hugh presents the film in Belgium - Ghent University and the Helvoet Rubber & Plastic Technologies in Lommel, Belgium and visits Vienna, Austria.
On October 8th, as part of the 200th  Anniversary of their founding, Ghent University. Leo Baekeland's alma mater, the long and the short versions of our film were shown respectively in the Engineering Department and in the new public library, De Krook.

Hugh sends his heartfelt thanks to Willem De Vos, former President of the Society of Plastics Engineers, for bringing our film to the University. Special thanks go to Professors Filip Du Prez and Ludwig Cardon and to Marijke De Keyser and Willem Van De Steene for organizing the screenings and for taking such good care of Hugh.

Many University professors and students as well as new and old friends from Belgium and the Netherlands were very pleased with our film.

Willem De Vos presents the SPE check to the University for the purchase of the 3-D printer.
Accepting are Professors Filip Du Prez and Ludwig Cardon.

Hugh holds the 3-D printed replica of a medal originally given to Leo Baekeland,
who was not present to accept it at the time it was given him.


Helvoet Rubber & Plastic Technologies in Lommel, Belgium

The day after the U Ghent screening, Eric Germeys, Sr. Account Manager at Helvoet Rubber & Plastic Technologies drove Hugh to his facility in Lommel, Belgium for a tour and a screening of the 21-minute film for 40 employees.

Hugh thanks Eric and his colleagues for a thoroughly satisfying experience at their molding plant. Hugh saw first hand the making of phenolic resin impellers and transmission parts for use in German and Japanese made cars.

The local press sent photographers and a journalist to cover the entire event.

Hugh in the lobby of Helvoet Rubber & Plastic Technologies

The plaque in the lobby of Helvoet Technologies commemorating Hugh's visit to the facility.

Marc Vandecruys, Managing Director at Helvoet explains the molding processes during the tour.

At the end of the day, Eric hired a car to drive Hugh to his hotel in Brussels to spend the night before the next leg of his journey... Vienna

Hugh made a one-day visit to Katarina Posch in Vienna, Austria.  Katarina, who appears in our film, taught History of Design at Pratt Institute. Two years ago she suffered a stroke and has been living in a rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Vienna. Hugh is happy to report she's making progress - operates a wheel chair with her head and a word processor with her eye. Writing two projects, Katarina is truly inspiring.

Hugh sends a warm thank you to Sophie Posch, Katarina's sister, who assisted with Hugh's visit and arranged for his stay in the fabulous old-world Hotel Schloss am Wilhelminenberg. Hugh and Team All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic wishes Katarina continuing success.

Hugh gave Sophie a box of Belgian chocolates and Katarina a Bakelite bracelet by Jorge Caicedo.

All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic
(Unless otherwise noted, all scheduled screenings are of the 56 minute version.)

Friday, November 3rd, 6PM
Strosacker Auditorium
Cleveland, Ohio

Professor Hatsuo "Ken" Ishida, of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, is our host.   If you are interested in attending, please email  and we will put you on the guest list.  

Following the film, there will be Q & A session with the moviemakers at 7 pm.

Tuesday, November 7th, 7pm
Design in Plastics Conference
College for Creative Studies
N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
52 E. Forest Avenue

Detroit, Michigan 48201

At the invitation of the Society of Plastics Engineers,  All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastics will be shown  on Tuesday, November 7th  at 7 pm.  

Cocktail reception at 6:30 and Q & A with Hugh Karraker, Executive Producer and John Maher, Director,  following the film 

If you are interested in attending the Detroit screening, please  email

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

Reservations required for campus security. Phone number and link will be announced.
Until then, to be put on the guest list, please contact us at:

All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

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