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Film Festival Movie 2

Sunday, Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


For two decades Chelly Wilson reigned over 42nd Street in Manhattan, then referred to as the “Deuce,” as the pugnacious matriarch of a skin flick empire. A larger-than-life character with chutzpah to spare, Wilson owned several adult theaters and was known for her magnetism and shrewd business sense, thriving in the exclusively male underworld while prepared by her unusual history. Born Rachel Serrero into a devout Sephardic Jewish family, she was an avowed tomboy who smoked cigarettes, wore pants, and studied medicine until pressured by her father into a loveless marriage that produced two children. Always ahead of the curve, Wilson saw the writing on the wall for Jews and boarded the last ship out of Athens alone in 1939. With five dollars she turned a modest hot dog stand into a legitimate theater business before pivoting to adult films and changing New York’s seedy underbelly in the process. Weaving together archival footage, home movies, animated sequences and interviews with her daughters, grandchildren, friends, and associates, Queen of the Deuce is the rollicking and remarkable tale of a Jewish grandmother who built a pornographic legacy “one pubic hair at a time.”


Sunday, Nov 5
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm