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Seltzer Works

PBS Premiere: August 24, 2010

Synopsis

In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen criss-crossed the nation, schlepping heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water to millions of thirsty customers. Today, with only a handful of deliverymen left in the country, the siphon machines at Gomberg Seltzer Works don't turn like they used to. Most of the old customers have passed on (or moved to Florida). But there are still bubbles being made by third generation seltzer filler Kenny Gomberg. In the short documentary Seltzer Works, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors this simple drink's place in history. (7 minutes)

 

TAGS: brooklyn, food, history, labor, new york, workers

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Film Information

Seltzer Works (7 min.)

Premiere Date: August 24, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

Filmmaker: Jessica Edwards Bio

Filmmaker

Jessica Edwards
Jessica Edwards

As a drink, it speaks to a different time... a time and place we don't have anymore.”

— Jessica Edwards, Filmmaker
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Critical Acclaim

[This] evocative short film... shown at numerous festivals including Toronto's Hot Docs, canonizes one of [Brooklyn's] last seltzer men.”

The Atlantic

New York's last seltzer bottler makes for a refreshing subject in this effervescent look at a tradesman who refuses to compromise on taste while facing the inevitable decline of a dying commercial tradition.”

— Silverdocs Film Festival Guide

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