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Trailer
Assistive Technologies

The Automat

Runtime
1hr 19mins
Directed by
Lisa Hurwitz
Featuring
Mel Brooks,
Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
Howard Schultz
Body

Featuring an original new song written and performed by Mel Brooks, The Automat tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables.

From the perspective of former customers entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees - we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America.

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