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Aggregate Pictures is happy to report that production on a documentary about the life of Jerry Torre is in the final stages of production and will be released later this year.

We are Jason Hay and Steve Pelizza, two uncommon individuals with one shared interest, our fascination for Grey Gardens. We share with you the same curious admiration for the Beales, two wonderfully persevering women whom we are all fortunate to almost know, thanks to David and Albert Maysles.

We became friends with Jerry in 2009 and have had the opportunity to truly get to know this remarkable individual. Jerry is as humble, kind and understated a person as one could hope to meet. Always wide-eyed and interested, he is very engaged with the world around him and seems to constantly be drawing inspiration from life itself for his sculptures. It has been a pleasure getting to know Jerry and learning of the remarkable life he has led.

One could almost set his time at Grey Gardens aside altogether and still be fascinated by all the tales he has to tell. Jerry’s story unfolds as a classic American tale. A compromising childhood, then a dash for freedom leading him indirectly to Grey Gardens, a formative event in his life. Later awakening to his sexuality in the 1970’s in New York City, going on to travel in Europe and the Middle East under unique circumstances, and sadly falling into some of the darker passions in life. Eventually pulling himself up and dusting himself off, he decides to heed a lifelong call to carve stone and discovers his love for the craft. Jerry Torre’s sculptures help free him, and he fully develops into the beloved individual he is today.

Getting to know Jerry has had an impact on our lives, we feel it will have an impact on many others as well. His is a story of personal struggle, strength, love and achievement. Jerry has decided he is willing to share his experiences with us so we may be educated, inspired and perhaps even provoked. This promises to be a meaningful journey.

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  1. "B" Brandon BouchardAugust 1, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    This project is very interesting and I can’t wait until it is finished for viewing.

  2. I’m so excited about this project. I “fell in love” with Jerry In the documentary, Grey Gardens and also “The Beales of Grey Gardens.” I too , grew up in the 1970s. He was so kind to the Beales.

  3. steveAugust 9, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    Hello Jennifer,

    Jerry is indeed a lovable guy. Getting to know him through the filming of this doc has been a life changing experience. We are eager to get his story out there for the benefit of all. Thanks for the comment, all the best.

  4. steveAugust 9, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

    Thanks Brandon, neither can we!

  5. Jennifer JohnsonAugust 9, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    Yes, Steve, Jerry’s empathy and kindness and sensitivity was so apparent, in the documentaries.. I have both, Grey Gardens and “The Beales of Grey Gardens” I too, grew up in the 1970s. It is rare a young person would be so kind and gentle and understanding . His relationship with Little Edie and Big Edie is so touching. I am not surprised that he has such a gift for sculpting and gardening, and such a loving way with animals..

    I’m looking forward to talking with all of you on the Radio, for a 2 hour special on “The Marble Faun”

  6. This amazing project continues to unfold…I agree with Brandon, I cannot wait to view the documentary and absorb all of the emotion and energy that you are sharing with this film. Kudos to you both, Jason and Steve, for producing such an inspiring film. Thank you, Jerry, for sharing your spirit, and the spirit of the beautiful Beales with another generation. This story needed to be brought back and retold, now especially, to open the eyes and the hearts of others.

  7. Thanks Diana,

    We appreciate your kind words and continued support through all this. We are doing our best to accomplish exactly as you describe.

    Wishing you all the best in your endeavors,,,

    Steve



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