2011-09-30 / Community

‘The Bungalows Of Rockaway’ Goes International

By Miriam Rosenberg


“The Bungalows of Rockaway” will be going international when it is screened at the 6th Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on October 8. “The Bungalows of Rockaway” will be going international when it is screened at the 6th Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on October 8. The Bungalows of Rockaway,” the documentary detailing the history of Rockaway’s bungalow colonies that sprang up on the peninsula in the early 20th Century, is going international. In October the film will be included in the 6th Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, a four-day festival for film and architecture devotees.

“I’m so excited that the festival was so interested in the film and that the film will be seen there,” said Jennifer Callahan, co-producer and director of the documentary, in an email to The Wave.

“The Bungalows of Rockaway” will join other shorts, feature films and documentaries about glamour architects, according to the festival’s press release.

The program will include films from all over the world – transporting the viewer from the oil platforms in the Caspian Sea (in “The Oil Rocks”) to adolescents in new town Stevenage (in “Here we go round the Mulberry Bush”) to bustling metropolises such as Istanbul (in the opening film Ekümenopolis) and entirely new cities such as Ras Al Khaimah in Saudi Arabia (“The Desert Castle”).

“The Bungalows of Rockaway” traces the history of the structures from when they first appeared in Rockaway in the early 20th Century to their heyday when there were 7,000 of the dwellings on the peninsula to the current day.

The seaside dwellings were not only popular with the famous; they provided the middle class with a cheap way to own their own home.

Callahan has also announced that the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. has requested to screen the documentary. No definite date has been announced, but Callahan said it is possible the screening might occur in April 2012.

The film premiered at the Museum of the City of New York on July 29, 2010, followed a month later by a screening at Fort Tilden.

It was also televised on local PBS stations. The documentary, five and a half years in the making, was co-produced by Elizabeth Logan Harris.

“I’m very happy that programmers and curators have seen the universal themes in a story focused on a local subject,” said Callahan.

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