The Typewriter in the 21st Century
The Fine Arts Library will premiere a documentary about a machine and the people who use, love and repair it. “The Typewriter in the 21st Century” — by filmmakers Christopher Lockett and Gary Nicholson — features 30+ interviews with authors, collectors, journalists, professors, bloggers, students, artists, inventors and repairmen (and women) who meet up for ‘Type-In’ gatherings to both celebrate and use their decidedly low-tech typewriters in a plugged-in world.
The film was inspired by a May, 2010 article in Wired magazine called “Meet The Last Generation of Typewriter Repairman.” Director Lockett and Producer Nicholson discussed the importance of the typewriter in 20th Century literature, their conclusion being that every great novel of the 20th Century was written on one, and if typewriters are in their final days, they deserved to be celebrated one last time.
The screening of “The Typewriter in the 21st Century” takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19, and will be followed by a Q&A featuring producer Gary Nicholson and John Payton, owner of a typewriter “museum” in Taylor, Texas. The event is free and open to the public, and will be accompanied by an exhibit of historic typewriters that includes machines used by Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney — both on loan from the Briscoe Center for American History — and former theatre professor Oscar Brockett, as well as examples of typewriter art, authentic instruction materials and typewriter scholarship.
A small reception will precede the screening beginning at 5 p.m.