The Last Resort

Directed by Dennis Scholl and Kareem Tabsch

Year: 2019
Running Time: 70
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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The Last Resort

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Directed by Dennis Scholl and Kareem Tabsch


Before the arrival of Miami Vice and MTV Spring Break, South Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. Drawn by the small apartments, low cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came by the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast's brutal winters. By the 1970s, these former New Yorkers had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish. The Last Resort takes audiences on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era through the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. With cameras in hand, they embarked on an ambitious 10-year project to document this unique chapter in the city’s history, which would soon be erased by the turbulent 1980s. Featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, photographer Gary Monroe, and more, The Last Resort is a stunning testament to a community all but forgotten… until now.

Reviews

"A fascinating look back to a time when Miami Beach was home to what was considered the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country…[a] captivating and insightful documentary film."

“Fascinating, poignant… A photographer’s paradise lost.”

“Moving. An evocative portrait of a now-bygone era in [Miami]'s past… delivers plenty of nostalgia as is spotlights the work of two photographers who captured the period with vivid immediacy.”

“Resurrects Miami as an artistic muse... a place storied by the saga of immigration, migration, religion, and culture.”

“Charming! Part mystery, part anthropological study… illuminates the lost legacy of a queer photographer in stunning technicolor… a time capsule of a bygone era, preserved in glorious, saturated technicolor.”

"An offbeat portrait of a bygone time and place in America, this is highly recommended."

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Picturehouse Pelham 1553400000March 24 - March 31, 2019
Sun-Ray Cinema Jacksonville 1552622400March 15 - March 21, 2019
Tropic Cinema Key West 1552536000March 14, 2019
Coral Gables Art Cinema Coral Gables 1552021200March 8 - March 20, 2019 • Back by popular demand!
Avalon Theatre Washington 1551848400March 6, 2019
Laemmle Town Center 5 Encino 1551416400March 1 - March 14, 2019
Laemmle Music Hall 3 Los Angeles 1551416400March 1 - March 14, 2019
Cinematique of Daytona Daytona Beach 1551416400March 1 - March 7, 2019
Miami Beach Cinematheque Miami Beach 1551416400March 1 - March 17, 2019
Robinson Film Center Shreveport 1551243600February 27, 2019
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Atlanta 1550898000February 23 - February 24, 2019
Classic Gateway 4 Ft. Lauderdale 1550811600February 22 - March 7, 2019
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1550811600February 22 - February 28, 2019
The Last Picture Show at Tamarac 5 Tamarac 1550811600February 22 - March 21, 2019
Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton Boca Raton 1550206800February 15 - March 28, 2019
Coral Gables Art Cinema Coral Gables 1550206800February 15 - February 26, 2019
Movies of Delray Delray Beach 1550206800February 15 - March 21, 2019
Movies of Lake Worth Lake Worth 1550206800February 15 - March 7, 2019
O Cinema Miami Beach Miami Beach 1550206800February 15 - March 7, 2019
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1548997200February 1 - February 7, 2019
Quad Cinema New York 1545368400December 21 - December 27, 2018
JCC Manhattan New York 1545368400December 21 - December 27, 2018


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