|Actor Tom Hanks loves typewriters so much he has 250 of them -- that work|
|Herb Permillion III in his shop, California Typewriter|
One time one of his friends wanted a typewriter and he sent it to them only to find it parked on a shelf instead of being used. He says he prefers receiving notes that were typed on a typewriter than on email. Good to know.
|Singer-songwriter John Meyer prefers typing out his songs|
Perhaps in a spooky part of the film, Silvi Alcivar is able to compose poetry on the spot for people -- she never worries the words won't come out. One time she wrote an elegant elegy of a woman who recently died and her husband was overwhelmed by how the poem touched him.
|Artist Jeremy Mayer takes apart typewriters to make sculptures|
Each of the perspectives are interesting, but some of the interviews could have been a bit shorter, and more infuriating is the lack of subtitles to identify the interviewees. Nevertheless, California Typewriter is much like a love letter to the machine. Perhaps it will inspire others to rethink their lives and actually invest in a typewriter. Wouldn't that make the shop owner Herb fulfill his dream?
California Typewriter (2016)
Written, shot and directed by Doug Nichol
Starring Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard, David McCullough, Jeremy Mayer, John Mayer