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QUEEN OF THE DEUCE
by Valerie Kontakos
From a small pre-WWII Greek Jewish community to her meteoric rise through the Times Square porn circuit in the 1970s, Queen of the Deuce tells the fascinating story of Chelly Wilson, trailblazing entrepreneur and unconventional matriarch, who built an empire based on desire.
Directed by: by Valerie Kontakos
Produced by: Ed Barreveld, Valerie Kontakos, Despina Pavlaki
With the participation of Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Ontario Creates
With the support of the Greek Film Centre, Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA, Jewish Story Partners, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, OMDC Film and Television Tax Credit
DIRECTOR - VALERIE KONTAKOS
A native New Yorker, Valerie Kontakos has been living between Athens and New York since 2003. After graduating from New York University, she worked as a sound editor for the Maysles brothers, Deborah Dickson, Anita Thacher and others. In 1989 she directed her first feature documentary A Quality of Light. In 1994 she became the deputy director of the Hellenic Foundation in NYC, where she started the NYC Greek Film Festival and curated a monthly program for the American Museum of the Moving Image. Her second feature, Who’s on First? (2006), aired in the US, Greece, Finland and South Korea. Her third feature, Mana (2015), went viral during the 2018 wildfires in Greece, helping the nuns featured in the film rebuild their orphanage. She founded the production company Exile Films in Athens in 2007 and has been operating the non-profit Exile Room, focusing on social outreach through documentary, since 2009. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Greek Cinematheque for over a decade. Queen of the Deuce is her fourth feature.
DOC NYC 2022〡THESSALONIKI 2023
"Truth may be stranger than fiction, and some truths are too strange to believe. But the depths of human ingenuity never fail to delight and surprise, and Chelly Wilson is one for the ages."
– Jude Dry, IndieWire
“A hell of a film… A wild and crazy life that no one would believe if it weren’t true.”
– Steve Kopian, Unseen Films
“A fascinating portrait of a one-of-a-kind lady who lived a truly remarkable life.”
– Women and Hollywood
“Wilson, indefatigable, gives new meaning to the seemingly jingoistic phrase, ‘Only in America.’”
– Brad Schreiber, Medium
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