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Movie Night at Miami Jewish Film Festival: THE AUTOMAT

January 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EST

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Join us for a movie night under the stars at the Miami Jewish Film Festival Florida Premiere of The Automat!

Featuring testimonials from a slew of esteemed former customers, including comedy icons Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, this fascinating film delves deep into America’s most iconic automat restaurant chain, Horn & Hardart. Before there was fast food as we know it, there was Horn & Hardart, a beloved chain that was much more than a place for cheap eats. These restaurants formed a vital part of America’s social fabric in the first half of the 20th Century as filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz demonstrates in this valuable documentary. In addition to informative interviews with historians and experts, Hurwitz includes a bevy of recollections from luminaries such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Elliot Gould, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Each shares their memories of frequenting automats and their personal insights into the ways that these nearly forgotten establishments helped shape everyday American life.

Director Lisa Hurwitz will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation with Rene Rodriguez, former Miami Herald chief film critic and current manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema at UM.



January 23, 2022
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
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The Tribe
(786) 364-4406
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1320 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, Florida 33146 United States
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