HS-02. California Typewriter
USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 103 min
“The unorthodox and delightful documentary California Typewriter is one of the major discoveries at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
California Typewriter is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse. Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough and Sam Shepard extol the tactile pleasure and artistic inspiration of writing with a manual typewriter. The film 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 message on the changing dynamic between humans and machines. It 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