Written, produced and directed by Johnny Sweet, Last Call: The Shutdown of NYC Bars takes you within the many neighborhoods of New York City and the local establishments that define them, places that suddenly found themselves closed in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.
As bars and restaurants are ordered to close during the pandemic, thousands of hospitality workers are left without work yet have an uncertain future. This film explores how they adapt to their new world, find a place in the new normal and attempt to fill their days with the things they missed during the busier times.
Concentrating on the Sparrow Tavern — and bartender Jena Ellenwood — you get the real idea of what the pandemic has cost us: the ability to connect and share in person with one another. There’s just something about the conversation and moments within a bar that we can’t when we’re drinking alone.
Last Call: The Shutdown of NYC Bars is available in virtual theaters on July 16 — you can find it at Laemmle virtual theaters — and on demand August 13.