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NY Cherry Grove: "Outtakes" Archives Film Festival

Visit Cherry Grove Fri July 15 - Sun 17 and the Community House Theater (Bay Walk) for "Outtakes" Film Festival: a collection of fascinating and historical LGBTQ films - including "Camille" viewing. FREE (donation requested)

NY - Cherry Grove "Outtakes" Film Festival 

When: Friday July 15 9 PM, Saturday July 16 4 PM and 8 PM, Sunday July 17 2 PM

Where: Community House Theatre, Bay Walk, Cherry Grove - Fire Island, NY

Cost: FREE - Donation requested 
(The Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Your donation may be tax-deductible)
RSVP: None.  Tickets required only for Camille screening. If sufficient demand a 2nd showing of Camille will be added. 

CGAC Outtakes Film Festival is a collection of documentaries, short films and restored masterpieces that were filmed on Fire Island. By preserving memorabilia and artifacts from the Grove’s amazing history, we are able to select pieces that are both educational and exciting. A gay community that is steeped in camp, Cherry Grove has its roots deep in activism and equality.


Friday, July 15th at 9pm
-Boys in the Sand (film excerpt)
-I Always Said Yes, The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole (feature documentary)

Saturday, July 16th 4pm
-FIAR- The Fire Island Artists Residency (short film)
-Nelson Sullivan’s 1976 Cherry Grove (archival super 8)
-Mae Bush Home Movies (short film)

Saturday, July 16th at 8 PM
-Children of Dune (short film)
-Jack Davidson (interview)
-CAMILLE (1953) - feature premiere

Saturday, July 16th (at XX PM -- possible 2nd showing of CAMILLE (feature premiere) - if 1st sells out)

Sunday, July 17th 2 PM.
-Regatta (short documentary)
-DECADE~nce (archival retrospective)
-The Panzi Invasion (feature documentary)


* Please note: General Seating Tickets are required for Camille screening and will be available at the APCG box office two weeks prior on a first come, first serve basis.
One Ticket Per Person, please. A second screening will be added if needed, based on demand.

Donations at the door for all screenings are highly encouraged and necessary to continue the Archive Committee’s work. We appreciate your generosity. THANK YOU!

Signature Sponsor: The Cherry Grove Memorial Fund


CAMILE (1953) - Jerett Robert Austin (1911-1979), Filmmaker.
Camille” was conceived and filmed over several summers in the early 1950s by an amateur filmmaker, Jerett Robert Austin (1911-1979). He loved making movies in Cherry Grove where he vacationed in the summer. For the last 45 years, the film was preserved by Jack Davidson - a Cherry Grove resident and Austin’s close friend. Donated in 2015 to the Cherry Grove Archives Committee, it was restored in digital, high definition and its 50 minute, full color glory

Austin’s “Camille” is exceedingly rare for its time,
 a drag parody—captured on film! Austin was inspired by the 1936 George Cukor tearjerker classic, “Camille” (which starred Robert Taylor and Greta Garbo).

Austin’s “Camille” was filmed mostly in Cherry Grove and probably also in Austin’s Manhattan apartment. It was an audacious and outrageous undertaking. Its importance to GLBTQ history cannot be overstated, given the era of its creation and screening.

Drag performance art had been outlawed on New York City stages and in its cabarets beginning in 1929. Overt depictions of homosexuality and/or ‘gay’ dialog were banned from Hollywood movies in 1930 under Will H. Hays's Motion Picture Production Code. The censorship prevailed for decades. Austin’s “Camille” was created during Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch-hunt for communists and homosexuals in government jobs and the entertainment industry. Gay men and lesbians were victims of a national sex panic, subject to overt discrimination and often violence—even in Cherry Grove.
In September, 1953, Dorothy Kilgallen reported, "the lads at Fire Island have just finished shooting their all-male movie version of Camille” in her syndicated gossip column, “The Voice of Broadway.”   She was wrong.  One woman playing a woman does appear in this version—watch for her.

This campy short film kicks off when the gay fad of adopting babies has become passé. When the trendy boys of Fire Island decide they’d rather go to tea-dance than bottle feed, the unfortunate infants are ditched in the uninhabited dunes nearby. Cared for by Gusty Winds, a local drag queen, the children grow up and get their revenge. Written and directed by Josh Rosenzweig and Greg Scarnici. Film Editing by Greg Scarnici. Starring Dallas Dubois, Logan Hardcore, Gusty Winds, Sherry Vine and the Legendary Children. Narrated by Justin Bond.

I ALWAYS SAID YES: THE MANY LIVES OF WAKEFIELD POOL Director/Producer Jim Tushinski. In late 1971, Wakefield Poole, a respected Broadway dancer and choreographer, had the audacity to put his real name above the title of his first film, a low-budget, hardcore gay erotic feature called Boys in the Sand. What the US government considered “pornography,” Poole transformed into beautiful, erotic art films that “challenged the mind.” Poole advertised the film in the New York Times, creating a sensation. I Always Said Yes documents his Poole’s work with archival footage, excerpts from Poole’s filmography and interviews from the entertainment world.

MAE BUSH’S HOME MOVIES George Lyter, Editor. Costume theme parties, the Mr. Monster contest, the 2nd Pines Invasion, clamming in the bay, a ‘camp’ theatre performance in the Community House Theatre…it’s all there and more. Remembering the 70s with pageantry, dance, frolicking on the beach, speedos and leather along with a cocktail or two. Take a trip down memory lane with Mae Bush and John along with iconic Grove figures such as Terry Warren, Suzie, Lynn Hutton, Panzi, Sedonia, Rose Levine to name just a few. Who knows, maybe you can spot yourself among the party-goers.

THE PANZI INVASION By Parker Sargent. From protest to party, the Invasion of the Pines has a colorful history. After forty years of fabulous drag queens, killer costumes and gender bending beauties the political roots of the event may not be so obvious to those attending this annual July 4th celebration, but the message of equality and freedom are still as relevant today as when Panzi and a crew of protesters staged the original Invasion in 1976.

FIAR Directed by Chris Bogia and Maya Suess. Fire Island Artist Residency, founded in 2011 by artist and Arts Project board member Chris Bogia, curator Evan Garza, and Rod Sayegh is the first LGBTQ artist residency in the world, and the only artist residency dedicated to emerging LGBTQ artists. Each year hundreds of talented applicants apply, and only five are selected to come to Cherry Grove for four weeks to live, make art, and contribute to the rich history of cultural production on Fire Island. This short film, shot on location during the residency gives a small snapshot of the five residents chosen to participate in 2015, their different artistic processes, reflections on the program and their time spent on Fire Island.

DECADE~nce By Carl Luss. This first settlement on Fire Island became a summer beach colony in the early 1900s for mainland families who bought plots of sand from the Perkinsons and built small private cottages. Several decades would elapse before the burgeoning resort became a safe haven for homosexuals.

NELSON SULLIVAN’S CHERRY GROVE, 1976. Nelson Sullivan was enrolled in film school when he shot this Super 8 film at Fire Island, a gay-friendly New York City getaway. Around this time, Nelson and his partner owned a salon on Fire Island called David/Nelson. 


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