In the shadow of the pandemic, a small town rallies to protect a beloved local bookstore in its hour of need. A landmark in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Bookstore is a magical, beatnik gem thanks to its owner Matt Tannenbaum, whose passion for stories runs deep. Presiding at The Bookstore for over forty years, Matt is a true bard of the Berkshires and his shop is the kind of place to get lost in. This intimate portrait of The Bookstore and the family at its heart offers a journey through good times, hard times and the stories hidden on the shelves.
Discussion and Q&A with Tannenbaum and filmmaker A.B. Zax will follow the screening. Sharon Weinberg, owner of the Chatham Bookstore, will moderate. Tannenbaum is also author of the memoir My Years at the Gotham Book Mart with Frances Steloff, Proprietor. Zax studied film and creative writing at Emerson College, before embarking on a career through the worlds of film production, film programming, and writing. Hello, Bookstore is his first feature. After living in New York and Los Angeles, he currently resides in the Berkshires.
“Tannenbaum’s fondness for his store and its wares is a beautiful thing to behold, even at its most vulnerable.” — Lisa Kennedy, New York Times
“Hello, Bookstore is a salute to the sacramental qualities of art that are threaded through everyday life.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Matthew Tannenbaum, Sophie Tannenbaum, Shawnee Tannenbaum