March 14, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Long before Art Deco was a movement, and prior to the arrival of “Miami Vice” and “MTV Spring Break,” Miami Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. By the 1970s, former New Yorkers seeking to downsize their apartments and escape from Northeast winters had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish.
“The Last Resort” takes audiences on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era, through the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. With camera in hand, they embarked on an ambitious 10-year project to document this unique chapter in the city’s history—one that would soon be erased by the turbulent 1980s.
Featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and many more, “The Last Resort” is a stunning testament to a community all but forgotten … until now.