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) http://artsprojectcg.org/
NY - Cherry Grove "Outtakes" Film Festival
Friday, July 15th at 9pm
Saturday, July 16th 4pm
Saturday, July 16th at 8 PM
Saturday, July 16th (at XX PM -- possible 2nd showing of CAMILLE (feature premiere) - if 1st sells out)
Sunday, July 17th 2 PM.
ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE*
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.
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.
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.