Trailer for 'California Typewriter' Documentary Featuring Tom Hanks

July 7, 2017
Source: YouTube

California Typewriter Doc Trailer

"There's a tactile satisfaction that, I think, is part of our humanity." Gravitas has released an official trailer for a documentary titled California Typewriter, a "meditation on creativity and technology" focusing on the beloved typewriter. The titled "California Typewriter" is actually one of the most well-known typewriter stores, still surviving today as one of the only repair shops dedicated to the mechanical machines. Directed by Doug Nichol, the documentary is also a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. It features discussions / interviews with Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others. This doc first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and it looks like a fascinating doc that goes beyond just the mechanics of these everlasting writing machines. I'm actually very excited to see this.

Here's the official trailer for Doug Nichol's documentary California Typerwriter, direct from YouTube:

California Typerwriter Poster

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. California Typewriter is directed by American filmmaker Doug Nichol, making his feature-length debut after many shorts and music videos previously. This first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year and has been playing at multiple festivals last year and this year including Hot Docs and San Francisco DocFest. Gravitas Ventures will release California Typerwriter in select theaters starting August 11th this year. Who else is into this?

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  • shiboleth
    Hm, 'revolution will be typewritten'. Maybe. My first typewriting was with one of those machines. It was Italian. It is something special about them. Apart from becoming a history and something forgotten nowadays. An experience that computers or touch screens can't give. Nice piece of nostalgia. At least ...
    10 years ago many would have laughed if someone told you the record business would be huge in 2017...I guess you just can't call your shots nowadays.
  • Bo
    Ahhh bull poop! I've written 14 screenplays. The first few in long hand...the next few on a typewriter. Then a word processor and when they came out with screenplay programs and computers with printers I never looked back. It's much easier, much faster and more productive for me to hit a key and be indented to the character's name...hit another and be at the dialogue margin...hit another and be at the descriptive margins. There's simply no comparison and this is all drive my old 1950 Ford I had in high school when a new caddy has a bit more to offer? There's no aesthetics involved here with a typewriter vs. the aesthetics involved and differences between film and digital. That's where I'll stay firmly rooted in the past because the aesthetics of film is much more beautiful and life like than digital will ever my humble opinion. I wouldn't type on an old typewriter for all the tea in China.




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