The documentary film The Typewriter (In the 21st Century) is an ode to a marvelous machine that changed the world, and the surprisingly enduring culture that valiantly attempts to preserve its legacy and save it from cultural extinction.
Director Christopher Lockett and producer Gary Nicholson crisscrossed America to conduct over thirty interviews with authors, collectors, journalists, professors, bloggers, students, artists, inventors and repairmen. Many of these people meet up for “Type-Ins” — gatherings to celebrate their decidedly lo-tech typewriters in a plugged-in, digital world.
LENGTH: 1 x 60′
INTERNATIONAL TRACK AVAILABLE: No (No narration, only dialogue)
TEXTLESS MASTER AVAILABLE: Yes
CLOSED CAPTIONS AVAILABLE: No
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2012
RELEASE YEAR: 2013
SUPPLIER: Christopher Lockett and Gary Nicholson
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide
Meet authors Robert Caro and David McCullough — four Pulitzer Prizes, three National Book Awards and a Presidential Medal of Freedom between them — both typewriterusers with much to say about the creative process and the value of slowing down, and writing — or typing — multiple drafts in an internet culture that rewards unedited and instantly published documents. The film also showcases typewriters once owned by Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, George Bernard Shaw, Jack London, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Sylvia Plath, Ernie Pyle, Helen Keller, John Lennon, and Ray Bradbury.
Reviews and Press-
“…This upbeat documentary pays tribute to the manual typewriter, presenting an informative look at the “marvelous machine” that revolutionized office work. The film artfully blends typewriter-patent diagrams with archival photos of old machines, vintage film clips, and several typewritten-text facts that underscore the typewriter’s significance. Cleverly woven into entertaining typewriter-memorabilia trivia and photos are numerous interview clips with typewriter enthusiasts (including authors Robert Caro and David McCullough), technicians, students, bloggers, musicians, and soldiers who toted their manual machines during military service. The film captures the typewriter fervor of devotees, some of whom are seen in typewriter-repair shops next to their favorite noble machine. One enthusiast sums up his sentiments by borrowing a phrase from early typewriter user Mark Twain, as he happily proclaims that “news of the typewriter’s death has been greatly exaggerated.” Most entertaining.” – Booklist
“Lockett, a cameraman and documentary-maker, made a film on the subject last year titled “The Typewriter in the 21st Century” which is currently showing on the independent movie circuit. ’I thought: if the typewriter is going away, and is in part responsible for every great novel from the 20th century, they deserve a proper send-off,’ he said.” – The Japan Times