A short documentary filmed and produced by Beryl Fine
Lesbians of Long Island revolves around my aunts, Lisa and Lois. Lisa and Lois live on Long Island, NY with their two pooches, Abby and Paddy. (See how we love alliteration?)
I moved from San Francisco to New York in August of 2010, looking to expand my personal horizons and my career. My aunt Lisa opened her home to me while I transitioned to a New York state of mind. I hadn't lived under their roof long before I realized that my aunt and her partner Lois were quite the dynamic duo of smart-ass antics, crass demeanor and dark humor. I soon started to record my time spent with them, to bring to light the reality in which they live.
Lesbians of Long Island is the story of my aunts' adoration for each other. What strikes to the heart of the project is not that they’re lesbians, but that they're two people who are normally in love. Never has a documentary film encapsulated normal requited love between two women, that does not go arm in arm with secrets, tragedy or theatrical drama. Rather we are posed with the idea that love and companionship isn’t an intangibility but rather a sort of beast that’s deemed for one and all. What I want the audience to see with Lesbians of Long Island is that “normal” requited love is an average existence.
It's the sort of gold that cinematic dreams are made of: a John Waters script with a David Lynch eye.