Staunch! A Grey Gardens Celebration V: Tarnation

Sunday, June 9th, 7:30pm


Jonathan Caouette, 2004, 100 min.

In the making since the director was 11-years-old and completed on a reported budget of about 200 dollars, Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation is an experimental and self-reflective mix of documentary and fiction. Bringing together a collection of home movies, family photos, answering machine messages, reenactments and Caouette's video diary, the film attempts to delve into the filmmaker's experiences growing up queer with a schizophrenic mother. Jonathan also directed his third film, the critically acclaimed Walk Away Renée in 2011. A follow up of sorts to Tarnation, Walk Away Renée documents Caouette's cross-country journey with his mother, Renée Leblanc, to an assisted living facility close to Caouette's home, necessitating a move from Houston to New York.

Q&A with dir. Jonathan Caouette.




Staunch! A Grey Gardens Celebration V: the Beales of Grey Gardens

Saturday, June 8th, 5:30pm

The 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 a 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 counter culture icons.




Grey Gardens

Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1976, 94 min.

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale—high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.—thriving together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. An impossibly intimate portrait and an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Albert and David Maysles’s 1976 Grey Gardens quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. The film and the Beales themselves have since inspired fashion lines, songs, a broadway musical, several off-broadway shows, and a 2009 HBO film staring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

Panel discussion with director Albert Maysles, historian Michael Henry Adams ("Harlem Lost and Found" and the upcoming book "Homo Harlem"), Jerry "The Marble Faun" Torre, a character in Grey Gardens and Jon Mallow, former host of Logo's "Drag Ya Later" and VP of Digital at VH1.



Staunch! A Grey Gardens Celebration V: T.V. Transvestite

Staunch! A Gay Gardens Celebration V

(Our 5th annual weekend-long meditation on the legacy of Albert and David Maysles' seminal cinema verite documentary Grey Gardens. This year we kick off Pride by exploring the classic through a queer lens and celebrating its long standing gay cult following.)


Curated by Ilona Brand

Friday, June 7th, 7:30pm

T.V. Transvestite

Dir. Simone di Bagno and Michele Capozzi, 1982, 60 min.

Before Paris is Burning, there was T.V. Transvestite. Shot in 1982 by filmmakers Simone di Bagno and Michele Capozzi, the documentary captures a fierce House of LaBeija ball thrown at a Harlem Bingo hall. "Lost" and not screened in public for over two decades, this rare film shows such legends as Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey and Sugar in a period before voguing and at the advent of AIDS.

Q&A with Drag historian and Gay Studies scholar Joe E. Jeffreys.