After rejecting a high society lifestyle, mother and daughter pair Big and Little Edie become recluses in their deteriorating East Hampton mansion. Newly discovered vintage footage of these rebels against the elite-turned-cultural icons revisits the 1975 cult classic Grey Gardens more intimately than ever before.
Both named Edith Beale, the mother and daughter pair of former society debutantes turned impoverished rebels became fondly known as Big and Little Edie. With depleting funds, their extravagant East Hampton mansion soon became a crumbling site of vermin infestation and decay. In the summer of 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill visited the estate for the purpose of funding necessary repairs that would save their relatives from impending eviction. The lives of these ex-socialites, recluses at their decaying 28-room estate they shared with dozens of feral cats, critters, and artifacts of a more glamorous yesteryear, was the focus of the 1975 documentary feature Grey Gardens (Albert and David Maysles), which is considered one of the most beautiful but unconventional documentary films of all time, perfectly capturing the eccentric and incomparable relationship of the first lady's aunt and first cousin. That Summer comes as a captivating gift to Edie-enthusiasts and new audiences alike, with a compilation of lost and found footage from the summer of '72 compiled with more contemporary shots by Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, and Vincent Fremont. With a heightened sense of intimacy by omitting the more performative elements of the original picture, director Goran Hugo Olsson has reopened a time capsule that is equal parts camp as it is a legacy piece that inspires reflection on the value of whimsy in a conformist society.
Born in Lund, Sweden in 1965, Goran Hugo Olsson is a documentarian known for his prowess in weaving found footage into his films, such as The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011), Concerning Violence (2014), and Fonko (2016). Olsson studied film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and served as a consultant at the Swedish Film Institute from 1999 to 2002. He is also one of the inventors of the A-Cam, a compact Super-16 film camera.
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- Director: Goran Hugo Olsson
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: Sweden, Denmark, USA
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 80 minutes
- Producer: Joslyn Barnes, Tobias Janson, Nejma Beard, Signe Byrge Sorensen
- Cinematographers: based on footage directed by Peter Beard, Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol
- Editors: Per K Kirkegaard, Goran Hugo Olsson
- Music: Goran Kajfes, David Osterberg
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Fonko (2016); Concerning Violence (2014); The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 - (2011); Am I Black Enough For You (2009); Fuck You, Fuck You Very Much (1998)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Sundance Selects
- International Sales: Dogwoof