Workers Unite Film Festival 2021

Last Call: The Shutdown of NYC Bars

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The hospitality industry is the artistic heartbeat of New York. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in Queens. Thousands of artists, musicians and actors flock to the city’s most diverse borough to work in the service industry to supplement their dreams. In March of 2020, these dreamers put their lives on hold, self-isolating and sacrificing their income as Queens became the global epicenter of COVID-19.

As the weeks go by, we follow two local bars fighting off the virus, financial ruin, and the deaths of loved ones, while the frontline workers battle to slow down the death toll engulfing the borough. Under strict and safe filming guidelines, we witnessed how both industries needed each other in order to bend the curve. It’s a tale of two sacrifices that saved not only the lives of thousands but the future of New York.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    59 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Johnny Sweet
  • Producer
    Lisa Edward, Bryan Twz Brousseau, Pier De Sanctis, Jasmine Rao
  • Cinematographer
    Bryan Twz Brousseau
  • Editor
    Jasmine Rao, Pier De Sanctis