Summer camp documentary takes inspiration from Peaches’ old band

A new documentary about a summer camp love story was inspired by the folk band popular Canadian electronic artist Peaches (Merrill Nisker) performed in back in the early ’90s.

Gabey and Mike: A Jewish Summer Camp Love Story takes its name from a song by Mermaid Cafe, which gained notoriety at Canadian Jewish summer camps in the early ’90s. (You can actually download a live version of the song performed at Camp Winnebagoe in the summer of 1990.)

The film, directed by Stephanie Markowitz in collaboration with Alexis Mitchell, tells the story of the band while interspersing re-creations of the love story of Gabey and Mike.

The film, listed as coming soon, is described this way on Markowitz’s website:

The video juxtaposes the tale of the band with playful re-creations of the story of Gabey and Mike, in a queer re-staging of the classic summer camp movie. Gabey and Mike uses the tropes of this genre alongside references from iconic queer films in order to grasp the significance of this band within the peculiar space of the Jewish summer camp.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I’m the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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