California Typewriter — Trailer


added: Thu, Jul 6th '17

What do Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, Grammy-winning musician John Mayer, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright-and-veteran film actor Sam Shepard have in common? They all share a deep love for typewriters -- you know, those heavy, bulky, obsolete mechanical machines used for typing.

In the upcoming documentary "California Typewriter," acclaimed music video director-turned-documentarian Doug Nichol interviews several famous typewriter loyalists who still yearn for the days when the general culture was less dependent on digital technology.

The documentary also profiles a local typewriter repair shop in Berkeley, Calif. called "California Typewriter," whose current owner Herbert L. Permillion took over the business in 1981 and experienced first-hand the effects of the declining typewriter market.

"California Typewriter" has been a critical hit on the festival circuit. It's now slated for a theatrical release in the summer, opening in New York and Los Angeles on August 11th.

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.

It also 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?


directed by   Doug Nichol

release date   August 11, 2017 (NY, LA; other cities to follow)

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