99% Invisible Podcast – June 4, 2019 – Avery Trufelman

The Automat

Avery Trufelman spoke with Lorraine Diehl and Marianne Hardart, authors of The Automat: The History, Recipes, and Allure of Horn & Hardart’s Masterpiece; Gwyneth Borden, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association; Lisa Hurwitz, maker of the upcoming documentary ‘The Automat’....Listen to The Full Episode

The Portland Press Herald – March 3, 2019 – Peggy Grodinsky

'The Automat' depicts the rise and fall of American culinary icon Horn & Hardart

“The Automat” features a hilarious Mel Brooks, as well as Carl Reiner, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and many other famous and not-so-famous people reminiscing about the cafeteria. The story of its rise and fall mirrors American history – the rise of the office worker, the rise of women, our love of efficiency and novelty (you put a nickel in a slot and removed your food from a vending machine), the impact of the Depression (the prices at H&H were famously reasonable for famously good food), the labor movement and the growth of fast food (god help us)....Read More

Jewish in Seattle Magazine – February 9, 2017 – Pamela Lavitt

Three Local Women Filmmakers You Need to Know

As men continue to dominate the feature film industry, more women are getting behind the camera and putting in a tremendous amount of blood, sweat, and tears to create documentaries. We sat down with three local Jewish cine-wonders — Lisa Cohen (Confessions of a Former Bully), Lisa Hurwitz (The Automat), and Elisa Levine (Sweetheart Deal) — to talk about their inspiration, trials, and victories...Read More

 

DNAinfo – June 29, 2016 – Jeanmarie Evelly

Save Former Childs Restaurant on Queens Blvd, Preservationists Say

Filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz submitted a request Saturday to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to evaluate 59-37 Queens Blvd. for potential landmarking. The history of the property and its decorative terra cotta facade deserve to be preserved, she says in her petition...Read More

 

Collectors Weekly – November 13, 2015 – Hunter Oatman-Stanford 

Coin-Op Cuisine: When the Future Tasted Like a Five-Cent Slice of Pie

Life in 2015 isn’t quite what we were promised in the last century’s science-fiction fantasies: We don’t live on the moon, commute to work in autonomous flying cars, or get homework help from friendly robot maids. And yet, our predictions for food service—fully cooked meals delivered instantly at the push of a button—became a reality more than 50 years before “The Jetsons” ever aired...Read More

 

The Village Voice – March 6, 2015 – Zachary Feldman

Documentary Recalls When CEOs Clinked Cups With Buskers in Massive Cafeterias

Now there's a documentary being made about Horn & Hardart, its meteoric rise (at one point, it was the world's largest restaurant chain, feeding over half a million people per day) and meandering but noble conclusion. Through her aptly named production company, A Slice of Pie Productions, director and producer Lisa Hurwitz recently released a trailer for the film, which chronicles the restaurant's history via interviews with culinary historians, descendants of founders Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart, former employees, and patrons, including candor from actor Elliott Gould. Hurwitz describes the automat as the "Ellis Island of restaurants," where cheap, well-prepared food became the equalizer between the upper crust and crust-less. Through her aptly named production company, A Slice of Pie Productions, director and producer Lisa Hurwitz recently released a trailer for the film, which chronicles the restaurant's history via interviews with culinary historians, descendants of founders Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart, former employees, and patrons, including candor from actor Elliott Gould. Hurwitz describes the automat as the "Ellis Island of restaurants," where cheap, well-prepared food became the equalizer between the upper crust and crust-less...Read More

 

Gothamist – February 26, 2015 – Jen Carlson

Help Raise Funds For An Automat... Documentary

The coolest reward is definitely for $2,500, where you will get your own Automat door (there's only one)... though if you prefer, you can also donate $5,000 for a lunch at Olive Garden...Read More

 

Forest Hills Times – February 25, 2015 – Michael Perlman

New Doc Revisits The Glory Of The Automat

Film director and producer Lisa Hurwitz plans to releaseThe Automatand capture the glory of an American institution. The first trailer was released on February 10, and is gaining recognition onKickstarter, Facebook, and YouTube. The Los Angeles native and Seattle resident visited Forest Hills, which played a major role in the Automat's history...Read More

 

West Side Rag – February 25, 2015

UWS Movie News: Putzel Now Free On HULU; Automat Documentary Planned, Richard Gere Movie

Lisa Hurwitz is directing a documentary about Automats, which were an Upper West Side and New York City mainstay for decades...Read More