Photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe took pictures in Miami’s Jewish community for 10 years; their photos are a lasting monument to the Jewish residents and visitors.
Directors and producers: Dennis Scholl & Kareem Tabsch USA 2018, documentary, European premiere, 70 min., English OV Production: Scholl Creative, Coffee and Celluloid Productions International distribution: Kino Lorber, USA Cinematography: Joey Daoud Editing: Kareem Tabsch
In the 1970s, long before Miami Vice put the spotlight on Miami, South Beach was a paradise for Jewish
pensioners. Attracted by the weather, the low rents, and the rich cultural life, they first spent summers there
after long, cold winters up north. Later, many settled in South Beach year-round. Photographers Andy Sweet
and Gary Monroe documented the residents and their lives for more than 10 years in the 1970s and 1980s.
Their photos are a lasting monument to the Jewish retirees and visitors. Although many of the photos –
documents of a forgotten era – seemed to be lost after Andy Sweet’s violent death, they have recently
resurfaced. The documentary shows the two photographers’ different approaches, creating a unique portrait of
a place and its residents, a place that no longer exists.
Virginia Film Festival 2018; Miami Jewish Film Festival 2018; DOC NYC 2018
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Before prizewinning documentary filmmaker Dennis Scholl shot his own films, mostly shorts, he wrote and produced numerous documentaries in collaboration with other filmmakers. THE LAST RESORT is his second fulllength documentary. Karem Tabsch is co-founder of O Cinema, Miami’s largest arthouse theater, and has devoted himself entirely to broadening cinematic culture and keeping it alive. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in the world of film and cinema. He produced many documentaries before winning multiple prizes for his first short DOLPHIN LOVER. THE LAST RESORT is his first full-length film.