~~Cousin Joe Torre: A Hall of Fame tribute~~

27 July 2014

Years ago we were kids in Brooklyn it was rumored that my cousin Joe wanted to
be in the baseball industry. It was though he would be better off working for
the city of New York or the Postal Service. His father was a lot like my own
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~~President Obama to award 2013 National Medal of Arts & National Humanities Medal~~

23 July 2014

Washington DC On Monday afternoon, July 28 2014 President Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend.

Todays visit with Al, he and I did watch the final cut of my film. He surprised me with this joyous news. Al is going to the White house. There he will receive National Medal of Arts Citation.

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~~New Material~~

16 July 2014

Journeys take on a life of their, of course each of our is its own. Goals I have set for myself are taught to me mostly by trial and error. One can reach for an ideal, a method of communicating, whether it is in any number of materials. My recent days have set me onto several journeys, goals that I seek. They are in opposite worlds very much, like my friend whom I met years ago. Fate intervened, and led me to walk onto a forgotten porch of a great estate. A statement I made to our friend Mrs.Beale” You know the grounds, this mansion you and Edie well your very interesting. someone should write of paint , film this moment in time” Fate had that in mind for Peter Beard and Lee showed up and began one documentary soon to be shelved. Albert & David took the reigns of a new film later on based on our friends Mrs.Beale and her daughter Edie. Film was the material that recorded the legacy, the mystery, and the magic. It is film that brought us all to this friendship, although I would have loved my friends in any venue we shared. My own material is stone, one I respect for it can be worked into an expression of ones own eye, one own hand. I understand the material and it is stone. A basic age Old Testament to mans historic records, to those stones used to preserve civilizations and their histories. Friends you have been with me and support my ideas, in such a way, that is two fold, I love expressing my ideas in stone, and sharing my craft. In each of us is a dream I have been happily burdened with volumes of ideas. My days allow me to complete only what a days carving and the strength focus will allow. It is a project some years in the making a film a journal of this mans life, or at least as much as could be neatly edited into a short film. In my years of life a short film would only set a glimpse into my journey, not to mention my ideas on humanity, humanity brotherhood. This medium is out of my reach for it is the twenty first century, and it entails much more then a block of stone and a chisel. It is film that captured our time at Grey Gardens. It is film that has folded my life into documentary. It is a story that must be shared as all our lives have a message. Of course I like to think of my message as it is plainly. A quest to earn a place, a journey to lands, a faith in God Master plan. for me , for aloof us. Tonight with all my heart I wish to thank everyone, who has supported my dreams, my passions, my friends. My documentary is within reach, some thing I have only wished for others, yes now I wish to accomplish this dream. Please except my gratitude for your continued support in my ventures. Please if you might weigh and consider this: http://bit.ly/marblefaun

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Our Kickstarter fundraiser camaign is live!

14 July 2014

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Hello Grey Gardeners!

As some of you close to the project know we’ve had a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign in the works in the recent months and we’re just gone live with it today! 

The film is complete and is darn near ready for distribution, save for one final fiscal hurdle.  We use some footage in our film that is owned by a licensing company for which we must pay in order to release the film.  In keeping with the independent way in which this film was produced, we’re deciding to distribute independently as well, meaning we are on our own to come up with the money that is owed for the footage.

Since so many of you are always asking about the film and its status, we felt it would be appropriate to reach out to you and offer a way for you to be an integral part in having this film hit the market, by contributing the necessary funds to secure the rights to the footage and finally get this film seen by the public.

Don’t feel like if you can’t contribute a larger amount that you cannot help, the whole notion behind crowd-funding is many people, giving a little bit can get a whole lot done!  The campaign only runs until August 13th, so you don’t have long to get in on the action.  Click here or on the image below to head to the Kickstarter page, learn more about the fundraiser and take part in helping us get past this final hurdle.

Thank you all for your continued support of our film, we are eager to get a copy of it in your hands!!

Sincerely,

Jerry Torre, Jason Hay and Steve Pelizza

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~~First Summer Sunday in the Garden~~

22 June 2014

First week of summertime kept a journal as to the growth in my garden. April began with a generous bouquet of Apple Blossoms, Seen here are is the seasons growth of fruit thus far. Arranged about the garden are my stone sculptures. Chester my Red Factor Canary lives for summer weather. His seasonal out door visiting birds keep his spirits high. It is a progress from a NYC Garden, which has grown into a refuge for much wildlife. These photos taken this day excite me and I wanted my friends to see my garden. After all  “Were in this world you know”Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 6.20.47 PM

~~STAUNCH FESTIVAL JUNE 2014~~

14 June 2014

~~Grey Gardeners~~

We all march together, for love guides friendships. Al Maysles opened his arms to yet another STAUNCH Celebration. Still fascinated with Grey Gardens as it continues to bring people together in great debates or simply out of love for Mrs.Beale and her daughter Edie. “We all do feel differently as the years go by, this year we once again shared our friends in harmony.

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Staunch! A Grey Gardens Celebration VI with Jerry Torre, Taylor Negron & Albert Maysles

5 June 2014

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http://maysles.org/mdc/staunch-a-grey-gardens-celebration-vi/

Staunch! A Grey Gardens Celebration VI
(Our 6th annual weekend-long meditation on the legacy of Albert and David Maysles’ seminal Cinéma vérité documentary Grey Gardens. Staunch VI’s theme is “performance” and takes a look at some of the most incredible hams from Little and Big Edie to Brando to ever grace a Maysles Brothers production.)

Friday, June 13th, 7:30pm
Grey Gardens
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer, 1976, 94 min.
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale—high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.—thriving together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. An impossibly intimate portrait and an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Albert and David Maysles’ Grey Gardens quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. The film and the Beales themselves have since inspired fashion lines, songs, a broadway musical, several off-broadway shows, and a 2009 HBO film starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

Q&A with director Albert Maysles, Jerry “The Marble Faun” Torre, a character in Grey Gardens, and comedian/actor/writer Taylor Negron (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bio-Dome, Stuart Little, The Last Boy Scout and The Aristocrats) and historian Michael Henry Adams (“Harlem Lost and Found” and the upcoming book “Homo Harlem”).

~~PMC Magazine #DKNY 25th Birthday Bash~~

25 May 2014

 

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~~1937 LaSalle Touring Sedan~~

24 May 2014

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It was partially hidden, covered with years of overgrowth. Nature had begun to reclaim the driveway.  The driver’s door was ajar, vines had grown about the frame, and preserving this car in the exact spot it had been parked, many years earlier. Nature marked the years, this first of many days, still fascinate me.

~~Strength in Unity~~

18 May 2014

 Sending Warm Wishes for everyone today at NYC AIDS WALK. 

 


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