One of the most beloved documentaries of all time is getting a companion piece, and it’s coming from even closer to the source. The Beales of “Grey Gardens,” otherwise known as Big Edie and Little Edie, were forever memorialized in Albert and David Maysles’ captivating 1975 documentary. What many “Grey Gardens” fans don’t know, however, is that the Maysles discovered their eccentric subjects through a project initiated by artist Peter Beard and Lee Radziwill, sister of Jackie Kennedy and cousin of the Beales. That film never saw the light of day, and the Maysles returned on their own to continue filming, eventually resulting in “Grey Gardens.”
The original footage, shot prior to anything seen in “Grey Gardens,” will finally be seen in “That Summer,” a new documentary which recently released its first trailer. The lost footage has been turned into a feature by Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, who worked wonders with archival footage in 2011’s “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.” “That Summer” offers a rare glimpse of the Beales interacting with Radziwill and reflecting on their past, as well as images of their Hamptons home before an ambitious clean-up that made it more habitable. Olsson uses footage of Beard and his cadre of New York artists and socialites, including Andy Warhol, who also worked on the film.
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IFC Films will release “That Summer” in cinemas on May 18. Check out the trailer below.