Rockaway Debut For Bungalow Film A Hit
Seats were at a premium at the Post Theater at Fort Tilden on August 22 as community members past and present gathered to see the culmination of a 5 1/2 year effort to tell the story of Rockaway’s bungalows and how they affected the make up of the area.
There were oohs and aahs as audience members recognized photos they had lent to the producers; and reactions as parts of the film ingnited memories of times gone by. There was also a recounting of a history of the peninsula that provided newcomers with a sense of what Rockaway was like before they came.
“I remember all the bungalows and stores…,” said Sharon Gabriel, of RMAC. She did take issue with one interviewee in the documentary who recalled racial discourse in the area. “I never remember any racial [problems],” said Gabriel.
Jate Doremus called the film “very good and well made.” He added, “It brought back a lot of memories.”
Jennifer Callahan, the director and co-producer along with Elizabeth Harris Logan told The Wave earlier this month, “Watching the cut a lot recently I found myself having so much envy for all these people that have the same memory of going to the same bungalow year after year.”
She said, “There have been so many joys [making this film]! I’d say some are: working with great people; meeting so many great people – in Rockaway and not, bungalow residents and not – during this adventure; learning a lot about Rockaway and its bungalows; receiving so many generous loans of precious family photos; the outpouring of memories and thoughts; and then, personally, being able to finish the documentary.”
The Rockaway Music and Arts Council sponsored the event and were the first fiscal sponsors of the film. According to Steve Yaeger, the president of RMAC, the idea was brought to the late Barbara Eisenstadt who brought it to the entire RMAC board.