Celebrate ‘The Edies’ at a Grey Gardens Screening & Costume Party!

On August 11, join HIFF, the Parrish Art Museum and the Maysles Documentary Center for a 40th anniversary celebration of the Maysles Brothers’ masterpiece, GREY GARDENS.


Staunch: A Grey Gardens Party

Thursday, August 11 | 5:00pm
Parrish Art Museum | 279 Montauk Highway | Water Mill, NY

5:00pm: Edie Costume Contest and Parade Registration
5:30pm: Edie Costume Contest and Parade
6:00pm: Conversation and Screening of Excerpts from GREY GARDENS

Tickets: $10 | Free for Parrish Art Museum Members
Includes Museum admission.
All who attend in costume will receive free admission.

Costume Bonus: take a photo of your pet in a GREY GARDENS costume and email it to us to be displayed along the path of the costume parade! 


This “site specific” conversation and excerpts from the cult classic documentary, GREY GARDENS (1976, Janus Films, 95 minutes, produced by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Susan Froemke; and directed by the Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer) will include a costume contest and parade, a panel conversation, and a screening of excerpts from GREY GARDENS.

The film reveals moments in time in the lives of the eccentric Beales, a mother and daughter who were related to Jacqueline Bouvier and lived in squalor in their 28-room East Hampton estate on Georgica Pond. Panelists participating in the conversation include Harlem historian Michael Henry Adams (Harlem Lost and Found), GREY GARDENS subject Jerry Torre, editor and producer Muffie Meyer, fashion maven (and Maysles film subject) Iris Apfel, and Sara Maysles (daughter of Albert and co-author of the book Grey Gardens).

In addition, following a long-standing tradition at GREY GARDENS screenings, audience members are invited to dress in costume as “Big Edie” or “Little Edie” Beale. The costume contest will be judged by Iris Apfel and Jerry “the Marble Faun” Torre. Prizes included limited edition GREY GARDENS memorabilia, including the original film poster and a new limited edition poster for this event, with art from Rebekah Maysles.


“After honoring Al Maysles posthumously at our inaugural Awards Dinner last year, The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is proud to partner with the Maysles Documentary Center and the Parrish Art Museum to celebrate the iconic documentary GREY GARDENS,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson.

GREY GARDENS is a masterful documentary that captures the idiosyncrasies of an isolated family of renown living in the heart of the Hamptons but happily stuck in the past,” said Andrea Grover, the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish. “The evening will be enriched by a panel of specialists and fans who respond to some of the most memorable moments in the film.”

“Maysles Documentary Center is so excited to celebrate such an iconic film in such a creative way with HIFF and the Parrish,” said Executive Director Erika Dilday. “Dressing up as ‘the Edies,’ bringing a little of our native Harlem to the Hamptons—it’s what I like to call ‘all good!’”