2008-03-21 / Community

Rockaway Bungalow Film A Hit With Locals

By Miriam Rosenberg

"Charming." "A blast from the past." "A wonderful piece." "Fabulous."

Co-producers Elizabeth Logan Harris, left, and Jennifer Callahan listen to comments and take questions from members of the audience after the screening. Co-producers Elizabeth Logan Harris, left, and Jennifer Callahan listen to comments and take questions from members of the audience after the screening. Those are just some of the reactions of Rockaway residents after viewing a rough cut of a new documentary film, "The Bungalows of Rockaway," at a screening for a full house in Fort Tilden's Post Theatre last weekend.

The documentary traces the early history of Rockaway, from the tent cities that preceded the first bungalows that were built in 1905, to a time when there were more than 8,000 bungalows lining the beachfront, to the present, with approximately 400 bungalows still standing.

The producers of the film hope to have the film shown on PBS. Co-producers Elizabeth Logan Harris and Jennifer Callahan are in negotiations with PBS flagship station Channel 13 here in New York.

"We showed it to Channel 13 over a year ago - last June," said Harris, who added that the station was interested in the project and would like to see it when it is done.

A full house filled the theatre at Fort Tilden for the viewing of a rough cut of the documentary "The Bungalows of Rockaway." A full house filled the theatre at Fort Tilden for the viewing of a rough cut of the documentary "The Bungalows of Rockaway." The final edit is scheduled to start in the next three weeks, but licensing of such components as music may delay the completion of the documentary.

"We hope to have it done by summer and shown in Rockaway," said Callahan, who is also the director.

The film debuted at the Museum of the City of New York to an audience of 300 people on November 13. Since then, an extra three and a half minutes has been added to the twenty-five minute film.

Anyone with memories of the bungalow era, memorabilia or suggestions can get in touch with the producers by e-mailing bungalowdoc@yahoo.com.

Adele Brenner, 86, reminisces with producer/director Jennifer Callahan after the event. Brenner, who lived in a bungalow on Beach 54 Street, told The Wave her grandmother had a tent in one of the tent cities. Adele Brenner, 86, reminisces with producer/director Jennifer Callahan after the event. Brenner, who lived in a bungalow on Beach 54 Street, told The Wave her grandmother had a tent in one of the tent cities.

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