Q W E R T Y
California Typewriter captures a bittersweet moment in our shared cultural history when the typewriter faces extinction.
The film features interviews with artists, writers, and collectors (including Tom Hanks, David McCullough and Sam Shepard) who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and a muse. 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, filmmaker Doug Nichol 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 the iconic writing instrument and an ode to the bygone days of analog glory,
USA / 103 MINUTES / PRESENTED IN PART BY THE NEW YORK TIMES / WATCH THE TRAILER
People who love typewriters–you know who you are–shouldn’t tap the space bar once, let alone twice, before rushing to see Doug Nichol’s agile, deeply affectionate documentary California Typewriter. But anyone who loves machines, poetry or, better yet, the poetry of machines should see it too. –Time magazine
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. Oscar voters, keep this one in your sights. –LA Times
This quirky, obsessive documentary is about so much more than broken keys and busted type wheels. It’s really about how we create art. –The NY Times
Fri and Sat, Nov 17 and 18
California Typewriter 7pm @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
The Paris Opera 7:30 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Spettacolo 8pm @ IU School of Global and International Studies
Sun, Nov 19
The Paris Opera 5:15 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!
California Typewriter 7:45 @ Bear’s Place
Sat, Nov 25
California Typewriter 7:00 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Spettacolo 7:45 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Sun, Nov 26
California Typewriter 5:15 @ Bear’s Place
Spettacolo 7:45 @ Bear’s Place
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