California Typewriter

California Typewriter
dir.Doug Nichol/France, United States, India, Canada/2016/104 min

In this magnificent filmic essay, director Doug Nichol explores the mythology attached to the typewriter, as cultural historians, collectors and various obsessives (including Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough and Sam Shepard) celebrate the physicality of the typewriter both as object and means of summoning the creative spirit.
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.
A fascinating combination of history and emotional narrative plunges us into the mysterious, bittersweet moment in which a beloved technology faces extinction and delivers a thought provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines.


  • projection time:
    104 min
  • country/year:
    France, United States, India, Canada/2016
  • director:
  • pictures:
    Doug Nichol
  • production:
    American Buffalo Pictures
  • selected festivals and awards:
    2018 – DOC NYC New York, 2017 – IFF Cleveland

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