California Typewriter

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?


"A rich, thoughtful, meticulously crafted tapestry...Oscar viewers keep this one in your sights" - Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Agile, deeply affectionate" - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME

"Whimsically profound" - Peter Kenough, THE BOSTON GLOBE

"A loving valentine to all the iconoclasts who resist what the rest of the world defines as progress" - Stephen Farber, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


2017 / USA / Colour / English / 1.78 widescreen presentation / 5.1 Dolby Surround / 104 minutes

Director: Doug Nicol


  • Closed Captioning files for the deaf and hearing imparied
  • 14 page glossy booklet included with BluRay
  • Theatrical Trailer