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Series Pass: STAUNCH FAMILIES - 3rd Annual Grey Gardens Celebration
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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Series Pass: STAUNCH FAMILIES - 3rd Annual Grey Gardens Celebration
The 3rd Annual Grey Gardens Staunch Fest is a weekend long celebration of Staunch Families, June 10th-12th, 2011.

"But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn't know that they were dealing with a staunch character. [...] S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There's nothing worse, I'm telling you. They don't weaken, no matter what." - Little Edith Beale.
  This year's Grey Gardens Staunch Celebration is a weekend exploring "staunch" families on film - families whose members despite everything 'don't weaken, no matter what', for better or worse. For Grey Gardens, in the decaying titular East Hampton mansion, a tight knit mother and daughter pair, while blocking out much of the outside world, over the years have expanded their family to include cats, raccoons, a singing cowboy, an effete pianist, a teenage handyman, a gardener, a local psychic, and a pair of visiting filmmakers. At the center, the bonds of blood between mother and daughter drive a complex relationship filled with regret, longing, anger, but above all, love. Our families, however we may define them, make us who we are - they can cultivate the best and the worst in us, drive us crazy, drive us forward and/or trap us.  Playing upon this theme of the Staunch family - families made of unyielding individuals fighting for, with and against each other, we will screen the Grey Gardens documentaries alongside two films were Staunch family members play a central, powerful role: Beyond This Place (Fri, June 10 at 7:30pm) about a son and his life-long hippie father navigating their relationship after years of estrangement and Back Walking Forward (Sat, June 11 at 3pm) about a family struggling in the wake of son Eric's debilitating brain injury ten years earlier. Both films will be followed by a Q&A with the directors, as well as a Q&A with Albert Maysles following Sunday's screening of Grey Gardens:

SCHEDULE (tickets for individual screenings available):
Friday, June 10th, 7:30pm
Beyond This Place
Dir. Kaleo La Belle, 2011, 93 min.
Q&A with director Kaleo La Belle via Skype
This screening only:

Saturday June 11th,
Back Walking Forward
Dir. Kavery Kaul, 2011, 40 min.
Followed by a Q&A with director Kavery Kaul
Tickets to this screening also go towards following screening of Grey Gardens:

Grey Gardens
Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1976, 94 min.
*Special Material TBA*

Sunday, June 12th,
The Beales of Grey Gardens
Dir. Albert Maysles & David Maysles, 2006, 91 min.

Grey Gardens
Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1976, 94 min.
Q&A with co-Director Albert Maysles

Beyond This Place
Dir. Kaleo La Belle, 2011, 93 min.
Kaleo La Belle, director and narrator of Beyond This Place, finally heard from his dad the day he turned 34. Born on a hippie commune in Maui to Cloud Rock La Belle and mother Marj, little Kaleo's given name was "Ganja." Cloud Rock, a spectacularly unrepentant deadbeat father who claims he's been "stoned for 40 years," suddenly invites his son to pedal with him on a 500-mile journey through the Pacific Northwest. Frustrated with his old man's total lack of responsibility, and wounded by his abandonments, Kaleo asks Cloud Rock pointed questions about his motivation. But the old guy refuses to be drawn in. The only things he's interested in are pursuing his own happiness, LSD, and cycling. "My life is not about disappointing a child. It's about becoming a man. I love my freedom," he grinningly tells his son. In an effort to comprehend this maddening person, Kaleo goes on a quest, interviewing commune members still living off the grid in Maui, his mentally ill brother Starbuck, and his mom in suburban Detroit. Simultaneously funny and devastating, Beyond This Place is a heartfelt journey of body and soul.

Back Walking Forward
Dir. Kavery Kaul, 2011, 40 min.
Back Walking Forward tells an inspiring story about the aftermath of brain injury. A car accident left Eric with traumatic brain injury. Modern medicine enables most brain injury patients to survive coma, but what happens after that? On the unpredictable road to recovery, an active young man suddenly bound to a wheelchair, unable to start college, Eric struggles to relearn life skills, as he searches for a place in a once-familiar world. His family must redefine happiness, as they too search for a "new normal". They wander the borderland between hope and despair. Will Eric walk again?

Grey Gardens
Dir. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1976, 94 min.
Meet Big and Little Edie Bealehigh-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.

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 counterculture icons.



Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States


Film > Movies

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Oct 23, 2009

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