Queen of the Deuce

From the late ’60s to the mid ’80s, in the notorious Times Square vicinity known as the Deuce, Greek-born Chelly Wilson built a porn cinema empire and a reputation as one of the most savvy, seminal and enigmatic figures on the scene. With a cigarette in hand and bags of money tucked in the corner, Chelly regularly held court in her bunkerlike apartment above the legendary 8th Avenue all-male theatre Adonis, summoning a lively cabal of associates, entertainers and fellow poker players – with her female lovers always hovering and grandchildren often underfoot. Yet few in her circle knew of the risks she took to get there.

“Queen of the Deuce” reveals Chelly’s origins as a taboo-breaking entrepreneur and traces the fraught events that lead to her departure from Europe on the eve of war and the unconventional trajectories of her American business ventures and personal life. With the rise of feminism, the sexual revolution and gay pride in frame, “Queen of the Deuce” is an alternate take on cultural history as seen through Chelly Wilson’s empowering story of survival.

Website coming soon: www.queenofthedeuce.com

Produced by Exile Films and Storyline Entertainment, in co-production with ERT, in association with Channel 8, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse and documentary Channel.

With the participation of Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Ontario Creates, with the support of Greek Film Centre, Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union, Jewish Story Partners, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, OMDC Film and Television Tax Credit.