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February 21 @ 6:30 pm
Kareem Tabsch, Brett Sokol & special guest Ellen Sweet Moss : Shtetl in the Sun & The Last Resort
Join filmmaker Kareem Tabsch and author/publisher Brett Sokol for a conversation about the film and the book, Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet’s South Beach 1977-1980 at Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops!
An uncannily revealing portrait of American photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe and the vibrant community of Jewish retirees they obsessively focused their camera’s lens on in the sunburned paradise of 1970s Miami Beach.
“A Photographers paradise…a story that’s fascinating, poignant”- The New York Times
“Poignantly nostalgic…an evocative portrait of a now-bygone era”- The Hollywood Reporter
“This charming documentary — like Miami itself — has a little bit of everything: Old Jews, Art Deco architecture, serious beach style, rival artists, and a dash of queerness for good measure.”- IndieWire
Kareem Tabsch is the co-founder and co-director of O Cinema, Miami’s largest art house cinema; an Award winning documentary filmmaker and an Arts Advocate who strongly believes in the power of the arts, particularly film, to enrich lives and revitalize communities.
As a documentary filmmaker, Kareem’s works has been included in several prestigious film festivals. His short documentary Dolphin Lover which he co-directed with Joey Daoud premiered at Slamdance, and went on to win the Best Short Documentary Prize at the LA Film Fest and garner Honorable Mentions at the Sidewalk Film Festival and IndieGrits Festival. His first short film, Cherry Pop: The Story of the World’s Fanciest Cat played prestigious festivals including AFI Docs, DocNYC, Provincetown Film Festival, Miami Film Festival and won Best Short Documentary at Sidewalk Film Festival. His films have garnered international press attention from outlets like Comedy Central, Vice, The NY Post, Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, Bravo and from celebrities including Andy Cohen, Rush Limbaugh, and Howard Stern.
In 2013 Kareem was featured in the Miami New Times ‘People Issue’ for his contribution to the cities film culture, he was named a ’20 under 40′ by the Miami Herald’s Business Monday in 2014 and in 2015 was the recipient of the Knight Arts Champion award presented by the Knight Foundation in recognition of O Cinema’s contribution to the cultural vibrancy of Greater Miami.
Tabsch has served on the Advisory Committee of the Miami Foundation’s Our Miami initiative, on the National Arts Advisory Committee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2018 he helped conceptualize the Cinematic Arts Residency at ArtCenter South Florida.
Brett Sokol is a journalist based in Miami Beach, where he is currently the arts editor at Ocean Drive magazine. His writing on cultural issues has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, The New York Observer, New Yorkmagazine, The Awl, Slate, and not least, Boy’s Life. For links to published work, see Journalism.
Raised in New York, he received a B.A. in History from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a M.A. in History from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. While completing his masters thesis on the lesser-known Midwest chapters of the Weather Underground, he also worked as a senior writer at the Cleveland Free Times. There he covered the cultural waterfront, from the then-burgeoning local militia movement to the emergence of Rust Belt Chic. His features on Cleveland’s underground music scene received the award of Best Arts Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Since 1999 he has lived in Miami Beach, where he is now Ocean Drive magazine’s arts editor. His writing on Miami’s over-the-top cultural whirl — as well as its equally colorful political drama — has continued to win awards. His chronicling of the city’s art world, from its sleepy pre-Art Basel stirrings to its current international attention, was a winner of the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation’s Rabkin Prize in Visual Arts Journalism. His writing on Miami’s cultural scene was named Best Criticism by the Society of Professional Journalists; a series of dispatches from Havana, Cuba were named Best Foreign Reporting by the SPJ.
SPECIAL GUEST: ELLEN SWEET MOSS
(Andy Sweet’s sister)