Directed, Photographed & Edited by
JOHN BENET & DOUG NICHOL
California Typewriter – December 10, 11 & 12
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?
“California Typewriter” is a love letter to an antiquated device – one that retains its charm and utility even in the digital age.
~Pat Padua, Washington Post
“A rich, thoughtful, meticulously crafted tapestry about the evolution of the beloved writing machine for purists, history buffs, collectors and others fighting to preserve or re-embrace analog life.”
~Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
BOSTON TYPEWRITER ORCHESTRA
HERBERT PERMILLION III