Grey Gardens at Christie Pits Film Festival

Featuring what is arguably the most dynamic duo in documentary history, GREY GARDENS takes us inside the squalid life of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie), a mother-daughter pair of high society drop-outs living in their overgrown Hamptons estate and caught in a perpetual feedback-loop of heyday nostalgia and “should’ve, would’ve, could’ves.” Close relatives of the Kennedy-Onassis clan, the pair drew attention when news of their living conditions made national headlines. Today GREY GARDENS is a cult classic, thanks in part to the Maysles brothers’ direct cinema approach that gives the leading ladies space to tell their own outrageous story.

Screening with GREY GARDENS, pioneering Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren’s 1952 Oscar-winning stop-motion short NEIGHBOURS is a friends-turned-enemies tale that warns of what happens when we refuse to look at the big picture. Local filmmaker Roney’s darkly comedic thriller GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN evokes the specter of the Beale sisters while charting an unsettling magic realist path all its own, as two reclusive sisters who harvest psychedelic glitter set out to organize an outdoor film festival and make a movie that their audience may not live long enough to watch.

Films @ Sundown (8:45pm)
Eats & Treats @ 6pm by El Trompo & popcorn at the festival canteen

Free / PWYC (suggested donation $10), not a ticketed event
Accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning
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GREY GARDENS (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1975)
With short films NEIGHBOURS (Norman McLaren, 1952)
and GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN (Roney, 2018)

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is grateful to Major Sponsors Warby Parker, Fiesta Farms, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Waterfront Toronto for their support of our signature series, Christie Pits Film Festival.

This screening is co-presented by The Bloody Mary Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and The MUFF Society.

Grey Gardens at Christie Pits Film Festival

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