First-time Seattle filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz will tell you what it takes to make an independent documentary film from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Currently in post-production, Hurwitz's "The Automat" is a film about Horn & Hardart's cafeteria chain where people of all races, classes and backgrounds sat side by side. It features original music by actor, director and composter Mel Brooks, and interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Colin Powell, elder statesman and a retired four-star general in the U.S. Army. The film is 60 minutes long and unrated.

This event is presented in partnership with 4Culture and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.