2009-05-08 / Community

Filmmakers Call For Period Photos Of Seaside

"The Bungalows of Rockaway," an independent documentary directed by Jennifer Callahan, is near completion. In the final stages of editing the film, Callahan and her co-producer, Elizabeth Logan Harris, are seeking the loan of photographs that depict the Seaside area of Rockaway in the 1940s, 1950s and earlier.

The filmmakers are particularly interested in photographs that depict the saloons, bars, dance halls, and restaurants, such as Fitzgerald's and Bojangles, which have been mentioned in on-camera interviews. Harris and Callahan are seeking photographs of young people in front of or inside these or other establishments, enjoying the area once known as "Irishtown."

The filmmakers are also seeking photographs of the following:

• Life around the bungalows from Beach 90 Street through Beach 108 Sts.

• Beachgoers turned toward St. Camillus for the tolling of the Angelus bells.

• Playland from the 1940s-1970s.

Photographs can be sent to Harris in digital format or they can be loaned for a short time in order to be reproduced. In the latter case, originals will be handled with extreme care and returned immediately. All those who loan images to the film will be thanked in the film's credits.

Anyone wishing to share photographs with the project can write to Elizabeth Logan Harris at bungalowdoc@ yahoo.com with "Seaside" as the subject heading. The Bungalows of Rockaway, four years in the making, is slated for completion in late 2009 with a premiere planned for Rockaway as well as one in Manhattan. Updates will be forthcoming over the summer.

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