AJFF Playback Documentaries Week Four Results

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s 20th anniversary season continues online with an interactive film contest. We invite you, our loyal audience, to cast a vote for your favorite films from our festival vault, and help determine which will claim the title of “2020 AJFF Playback Winner" in the categories of short, documentary, and narrative.

Breakfast at Ina's vs. Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story


Breakfast at Ina's
Dir: Mercedes Kane • USA • 2015 • 50 mins • English

Crosscutting the closing of a beloved Chicago eatery with the biography of its magnetic namesake, this affectionate homage celebrates the so-called Breakfast Queen who gained the devotion of food critics, longtime clientele and devoted employees. Against all odds, Ina Pinkney created a mini-empire of eateries that served Chicagoans with delicious comfort food and a warm welcome to match. With her decreased mobility from post-polio syndrome, the daily routine of running her West Loop breakfast spot takes its toll. As the countdown to her retirement approaches, Ina recalls the genesis of her beloved restaurant and the private adversity that shaped her indomitable spirit. Breakfast at Ina's introduces an entrepreneur ahead of her time, who found a recipe for success in compassion, exacting standards and willpower. Featured at the 2016 AJFF.


Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story
Dir: Scott Goldstein • USA • 2008 • 98 mins • English

This previously untold story of an American hero chronicles the endlessly surprising life of the charismatic newspaperman, Vegas icon and real-life Zelig. Hank Greenspun's epic journey from associate of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel to maverick founder of the Las Vegas Sun features a colorful cast of characters including high-rolling businessmen and gangsters, movie stars, politicians, family, and wheeler-dealer friends. Following Siegel's murder in 1947, the crusading Greenspun rediscovered his Jewish heritage and became a prominent guerrilla figure in Israeli politics and gun smuggling. Director Scott Goldstein combines archival stills, illuminating interviews, rare diary entries read by Anthony Hopkins, and atmospheric music to create a spirited, stylized mosaic of Greenspun's legendary escapades. Featured at the 2010 AJFF.

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