BIG EDIE & LITTLE EDIE 'THAT SUMMER' DOCUMENTARY
"Big Edie and Little Edie have become indelible cultural icons. But even if you're the completist... you've never seen the mother-daughter duo quite as they're revealed in That Summer. Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson, whose masterful touch with found footage made The Black Power Mix Tape 1967–1975 a potent historical chronicle, again delves into the vaults, with engrossing results. That Summer offers a new level of intimacy as well as a wider view, with Beard's commentary lending compelling context. Above all, the loving interactions between the socialite and the shut-ins has a tender, down-to-earth poignancy. What was to be a memory piece for Radziwill has been crafted into a memory piece about nostalgia itself.” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
Long believed to be lost forever, Sundance Selects is proud to present the theatrical premiere of THAT SUMMER, thought for decades to be only a legend, now restored to full glory.
In 1972, artist Peter Beard initiated a film project with Lee Radziwill about her relatives, the Beales of Grey Gardens, for which they hired filmmakers David and Albert Maysles to help out. For various reasons, this project never did see the light of day -- though the Maysles returned of their own accord to the same material to make their now legendary documentary GREY GARDENS, which made icons out of Big and Little Edie.
As fashioned into a feature by Göran Hugo Olsson (who has used archival footage to make his brilliant films The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 and Concerning Violence), this extraordinary footage re-emerges in a film that focuses on Big and Little Edie before the clean-up that rendered Grey Gardens more livable, as they interact with Radziwill and reflect upon their past. It also focuses on Beard and his family of friends, who formed an enormously influential and vibrant creative community in Montauk, Long Island (NY) in the 1970s. Featuring Peter Beard, Lee Radziwill, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale, and Andy Warhol. Including footage directed by Peter Beard, Jonas Mekas, and Andy Warhol, with additional cinematography by Albert Maysles and Vincent Fremont.
Opens Theatrically May 18