Staunch! A Grey Gardens Celebration VI
(Our 6th annual weekend-long meditation on the legacy of Albert and David Maysles’ seminal Cinéma vérité documentary Grey Gardens. Staunch VI’s theme is “performance” and takes a look at some of the most incredible hams from Little and Big Edie to Brando to ever grace a Maysles Brothers production.)
Friday, June 13th, 7:30pm
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’ 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 starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.
Q&A with director Albert Maysles, Jerry “The Marble Faun” Torre, a character in Grey Gardens, and comedian/actor/writer Taylor Negron (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bio-Dome, Stuart Little, The Last Boy Scout and The Aristocrats) and historian Michael Henry Adams (“Harlem Lost and Found” and the upcoming book “Homo Harlem”).