Beales of Grey Gardens
Dir. Albert Maysles & David Maysles (2006) 91 min.
The 1976 cinema vérité classic Grey Gardens, which captured in remarkable close-up the lives of the eccentric East Hampton recluses Big and Little Edie Beale, has spawned everything from a midnight-movie cult following to a Broadway musical, to an upcoming Hollywood adaptation. The filmmakers then went back to their vaults of footage to create part two, The Beales of Grey Gardens,a tribute both to these indomitable women and to the original landmark documentary’s legions of fans, who have made them American counterculture icons.
Sneak Preview: The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens
Dir. Jason Hay & Steve Pelizza, work-in-progress, 13 min.
From the filmmakers: "Jerry Torre's life story unfolds as a classic American tale. A compromising childhood, then a dash for freedom leading him indirectly to Grey Gardens, a formative event in his life. Later awakening to his sexuality in the 1970’s in New York City, going on to travel in Europe and the Middle East under unique circumstances, and sadly falling into some of the darker passions in life. Eventually pulling himself up and dusting himself off, he decides to heed a lifelong call to carve stone and discovers his love for the craft. Jerry Torre’s sculptures help free him, and he fully develops into the beloved individual he is today."
Following the screening, Jerry Torre will present a trailer of the film being made about his life and share his experiences with the Beales and life in the years after. One of Jerry's sculptures will be on display in the exhibition/reception space downstairs, as well.