How did each of you get involved with Grey Gardens?
I got involved with Grey Gardens after meeting with Albert Maysles - before I knew Lucy and Michael were already producing a Grey Gardens movie - to discuss doing the same thing. It was a coincidence and more importantly fate!
Michael sent me the script - we'd known each other at Georgetown - and I knew right away that the Edies were great characters for a unique movie. He hadn't incorporated the documentary in his original script, because he didn't have the rights, but rather had based his story on Little Edie's journals and letters. The first thing I did was approach Al Maysles and Maysles Films about getting the rights to the doc. Then I got a call that Rachael had been speaking to Al Maysles about a film concerning the Edies, so I called her up. We had a fantastic first meeting the same day we met with Jessica Lange about playing Big Edie and the team was off and running. Drew joined us a few months later, and then we labored for many months - actually years! - to get it to the screen.