Famous Nathan

A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan's Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker's grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker. 30 years in the making, Famous Nathan interweaves decades-spanning archival footage, family photos and home movies, an eclectic soundtrack and never-before-heard audio from Nathan: his only interview, ever as well as compelling, intimate and hilarious interviews with the dedicated band of workers, not at all shy at offering opinions, memories and the occasional tall tale.

86 minutes
Lloyd Handwerker
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Poster for Famous Nathan

Shown at

  1. 23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  2. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  4. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2015

1 Response

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Two buns up: ‘Famous Nathan’ is a real wiener

    People who show up to “Famous Nathan” expecting merely to learn about the history of the iconic Coney Island hot dog restaurant are setting the bar way too low.

    Yes, you’ll learn a lot about the restaurant and its incredible popularity, and the rags-to-riches story of the Jewish immigrant who started it all in 1912, Nathan Handwerker.

    You’ll even leave the theater practically tasting a Nathan’s Famous frankfurter in your mouth, or at least salivating for that signature “snap” of the casing when you bite into one.


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