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.
Featuring: Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Wilson Goode and Howard Schultz.
Director & Producer, Lisa Hurwitz
Written & Edited by Michael Levine
Edited & Produced by Russell Greene
Assistant Editor, André Mascarenhas
Second Assistant Editor, Austin Freese
Composer, Hummie Mann
Original Song by Mel Brooks
Co-Producers, Alec Shuldiner & Russell Greene
Archival Research, Lisa Hurwitz & Alec Shuldinwer
Directors of Photography, Philip Lucas, Sandra Chandler, Stephen Cocklin, Jonathan Deaver, Paul Mailman
Associate Producers, Becki Chandler, David Russell & David Cornfield