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California Typewriter is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.
The film movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.
In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?
FEATURING : Silvi Alcivar, Ken Alexander, Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Tom Hanks, Martine Howard, Jeremy Mayer, John Mayer, David Mccullough, Richard Polt, Herbert Permillion III, Sam Shepard, Darren Wershler, Mason Williams
RELEASE DATE : August 2017 (USA)
“People who love typewriters–you know who you are–shouldn’t tap the space bar once, let alone twice, before rushing to see Doug Nichol’s agile, deeply affectionate documentary California Typewriter. But anyone who loves machines, poetry or, better yet, the poetry of machines should see it too.” – Stephanie Zackarek, Time Magazine
“A loving valentine to all the iconoclasts who resist what the rest of the world defines as progress ” – Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
“Whimsically Profound ” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe “
” An ingenious meditation on what the digital era is doing to us ” – Owen Glieberman, Variety
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Official Selection : Tulluride Film Festival 2016
Official Selection : Doc NYC 2016
Winner : Best Director at Newport Beach Film Festival 2017