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California Typewriter (2017)

California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.

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  • Genre: Documentary |
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.27G
  • Resolution: 1280x720 / 23.976 (23976/1000) FPSfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 103
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 
  • MPR: Normal
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The Synopsis for California Typewriter (2017) 720p

California Typewriter is a story about people whose lives are connected by typewriters. The film is a meditation on creativity and technology featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and others.


The Director and Players for California Typewriter (2017) 720p

[Director]Doug Nichol
[Role:]Tom Hanks
[Role:]Ken Alexander
[Role:]Silvi Alcivar


The Reviews for California Typewriter (2017) 720p


history, nostalgia, creativityReviewed byDavid FergusonVote: 7/10

Greetings again from the darkness. QWERTY. Chances are you recognize that from your laptop keyboard, and have never thought about the origin or design reason. This is just one of the fascinating topics in the surprisingly interesting and entertaining documentary from Doug Nichol (former music video guru for Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, and The New Kids on the Block).

Did you know there are folks who collect and still use typewriters? Well there are, and you've even heard of some of them: Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard, David McCullough and John Mayer. We hear from each of these as they describe their connection to the "old school" way of producing text on a page.

Mr. Nichol began with the idea of making a short film focusing on a small typewriter repair shop in Berkeley. As the story evolved, he learned of the many facets associated with the community of typewriter enthusiasts ? those who refuse to give up the old way simply because a new way exists. There is history. There is nostalgia. There is a link to creativity. The film explores all of this and more.

Christopher Latham Sholes was a believer in Women's Rights in the 1800's, and his invention of the typewriter was to create more job opportunities for women. His prototype looked more like a piano, and due to a lack of investor interest, he finally had to sell to Remington in order to get production and marketing. By 1890, there were 60 manufacturers of typewriters, and the Sholes and Glidden model remains a gem of any collection even today.

It's bittersweet to see the recently deceased Sam Shepard and hear him explain how he never got along with a computer screen, but loves the feel and sound of his typewriter. He created some of the most marvelous plays ever written, and compares loading the paper to 'saddling a horse', and notes the sound of typing has a "percussion about it".

John Mayer recalls seeing Bob Dylan "playing" a typewriter as he wrote his songs, and has since made it apart of his own songwriting process. An inordinate amount of time is spent with Mayer on screen, but it does make the point that even the generation raised on technology can find value in an object that was once an office staple, and is now a mere relic to most. Writer David McCullough claims the typewriter is the only way he can write, and Tom Hanks seems to truly enjoy talking about his typewriter obsession, and how he spends time each day typing out thank you notes and correspondence.

The repair shop is the heart of the story, and we continually come back to Ken Alexander as he lovingly restores each machine that comes in. It's with a bit of irony that we watch Ken and the store owner Herb come to realize that they must rely on today's technology of websites and social media as a last hope for survival.

In stark contrast to Ken bringing typewriters back to life, we see modern sculptor Jeremy Mayes as he scavenges for typewriter parts for his latest piece. And in an odd twist, we meet a group who makes music with typewriters and actually perform classic songs with their own vibe.

Nostalgia has brought back vinyl records, and there is a community of folks who believe the typewriter revolution is underway. The rationale is that technology is now ruling our lives and we need to step back and get in touch with what is real and produce tangible results – not just use up storage on a hard drive. While we may not be convinced that "the revolution is typewritten" (from The Typewriter Insurgency Manifesto), the film is actually thought- provoking as it tracks and connects humans-machines-technology.

Senses Fuel CreationReviewed bythirtyfivestoriesVote: 9/10

Ideas are not birthed, they are captured. Elusive and fickle, thought frolics like a kid straight out of school. Machines did not equip us with ideas; they merely help us capture them. Spear them down with safety pins, a grotesque abdomen of exposed entrails. Our thought is repulsive but honest, instinctive and pure.

The typewriter is the remaining bastion of expression hunting. Not reliant on electricity, the mechanical cornucopia smashes its appendages on a miniature canvas, splattering emotion in precise linear shapes. The machine asks no questions and is supremely subservient to its owner.

Documenting ideas has become more efficient as technology trudges into the electronic age. The typewriter challenges efficiency by introducing an element of savoring. The process tactile and the sensation tangible, keys clatter with purpose. There are no aids, only obedient marks summoned by an uncensored consciousness.

Those bathed in admiration of the typewriter prefer a partner in their creation, and not a lifeless red squiggle or an absolute backspace bar. Mistakes are reduced to creative quirks and ink elevated to spilled blood. A dialogue forms between person and machine, and incubation of meaning initiates.

Obsession always has noble causes. To outsiders a person's passion might seem overtly sensual or nonsensical, but admiration's roots grow deep in sentimental soil. Faced with a chaotic existence, a focal point for creativity provides a saving grace for those manic and compulsive.

Being particular is becoming less praised in a multitasking world. Satisfaction slowly aligns with speed. A hollow qualification of accomplishment, completion overrides process. The typewriter stands stoically in the stream of this devolution. The journey is the creation, and the creation is the sum of one's creative missteps. Concrete are the symbols of this machine's language: Romantic and dying.

Reviewed byDavid Ferguson ([email protected])Vote: 7/10/10

Greetings again from the darkness. QWERTY. Chances are you recognizethat from your laptop keyboard, and have never thought about the originor design reason. This is just one of the fascinating topics in thesurprisingly interesting and entertaining documentary from Doug Nichol(former music video guru for Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, and TheNew Kids on the Block).

Did you know there are folks who collect and still use typewriters?Well there are, and you've even heard of some of them: Tom Hanks, SamShepard, David McCullough and John Mayer. We hear from each of these asthey describe their connection to the "old school" way of producingtext on a page.

Mr. Nichol began with the idea of making a short film focusing on asmall typewriter repair shop in Berkeley. As the story evolved, helearned of the many facets associated with the community of typewriterenthusiasts … those who refuse to give up the old way simply because anew way exists. There is history. There is nostalgia. There is a linkto creativity. The film explores all of this and more.

Christopher Latham Sholes was a believer in Women's Rights in the1800's, and his invention of the typewriter was to create more jobopportunities for women. His prototype looked more like a piano, anddue to a lack of investor interest, he finally had to sell to Remingtonin order to get production and marketing. By 1890, there were 60manufacturers of typewriters, and the Sholes and Glidden model remainsa gem of any collection even today.

It's bittersweet to see the recently deceased Sam Shepard and hear himexplain how he never got along with a computer screen, but loves thefeel and sound of his typewriter. He created some of the most marvelousplays ever written, and compares loading the paper to 'saddling ahorse', and notes the sound of typing has a "percussion about it".

John Mayer recalls seeing Bob Dylan "playing" a typewriter as he wrotehis songs, and has since made it apart of his own songwriting process.An inordinate amount of time is spent with Mayer on screen, but it doesmake the point that even the generation raised on technology can findvalue in an object that was once an office staple, and is now a mererelic to most. Writer David McCullough claims the typewriter is theonly way he can write, and Tom Hanks seems to truly enjoy talking abouthis typewriter obsession, and how he spends time each day typing outthank you notes and correspondence.

The repair shop is the heart of the story, and we continually come backto Ken Alexander as he lovingly restores each machine that comes in.It's with a bit of irony that we watch Ken and the store owner Herbcome to realize that they must rely on today's technology of websitesand social media as a last hope for survival.

In stark contrast to Ken bringing typewriters back to life, we seemodern sculptor Jeremy Mayes as he scavenges for typewriter parts forhis latest piece. And in an odd twist, we meet a group who makes musicwith typewriters and actually perform classic songs with their ownvibe.

Nostalgia has brought back vinyl records, and there is a community offolks who believe the typewriter revolution is underway. The rationaleis that technology is now ruling our lives and we need to step back andget in touch with what is real and produce tangible results – not justuse up storage on a hard drive. While we may not be convinced that "therevolution is typewritten" (from The Typewriter Insurgency Manifesto),the film is actually thought- provoking as it tracks and connectshumans-machines-technology.

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