© 2005 Stefan Gruenwedel

Miss Flighty in Orbit

This short documentary profiles Alberta Straub, an unusually passionate bartender who plies her trade at The Orbit Room Cafe in San Francisco. Voted Best Bartender of 2004 by SF Weekly, Alberta relates her passion for making great cocktails, dressing in vintage stewardess uniforms, and collecting flight bags from the golden era of the jet age. While she thinks of herself as a “flighty hostess,” this cocktail innovator actually shakes a mean tumbler and throws a great “trip-out” party that traverses the globe in fantasy and consummate style.

Articles about Alberta Straub
Best Bartender – Alberta Straub (SF Weekly, 2004)
Raising the Bar: ‘The Alice Waters of booze’ brings humor, fresh concoctions and attitude to the job (San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2005)

Short cuts: A quick look at other Film Arts Festival highlights (SF Bay Guardian, Nov. 8, 2005)

Miss Flighty in Orbit
2007, 11 min.
Shot in mini DV