Theatrical Release Date: August 18, 2017 (New York) & August 25, 2017 (Los Angeles)
Distributed by: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Doug Nichol
Subjects: Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, Mason Williams, Silvi Alcivar, Ken Alexander, Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Martin Howard, Jeremy Mayer, Herbert Permillion III, Richard Polt, and Darren Wershler
Producers: John Benet, Doug Nichol
Executive Producers: Charlotte Chatton, James Redford, Dana Schwartz
Runtime: 103 minutes
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?