Before I first met the Beekman Boys, there were numerous phone conversations. Conversations where I had no idea which voice belonged Brent and which belonged to Josh.
Is the one with the southern accent the drag queen? Is the funny one living at the farm, or is it the one that just wants to talk about scheduling?
As we looked over our calendars to choose the first weekend of filming and eventually settled on one just days away, I inquired about the activities that fill their typical weekends. There was the usual gardening, and packaging of soap orders, and they had just found out that the piglets would be old enough to be picked up, so the camera could tag a long for that.
“Oh, and the tractors need to be lined up.”
“I’m sorry, what?” (I’m not sure if I said that out loud, or just in my head.)
The curt southern tone continued, “Well, I don’t like when the tractors are just randomly sitting around the property. I think they should be lined up by the barn, so they’ll look nice when people drive by.”
I had now figured out that the voice with the southern accent belonged to the one who had worked for Martha Stewart.
Shortly after hanging up the phone, I set to work typing up a rough schedule of the tasks they had mentioned would fill the weekend, along with setting aside time to do on-camera interviews with each of them. After I barely even hit send, I had a response from Brent:
I can already tell this weekend is going to put me in a bad mood.
I felt nauseated. Was he kidding? Or was he really dreading the prospect of filming that much? I sat there for a moment, wondering if I should respond when another email came through, but this time from Josh.
Great. We’ll use it for filming.
When filming began, it was just myself and my friend and director of photography Pyongson Yim. We had driven into the village late on a Friday evening and had been greeted by Doug & Garth at the American Hotel with wine and lobster chowder. The short drive between the hotel and their home revealed the entirety of main street, and the realization that Sharon Springs wasn’t referred to as village just to appear quaint.
For past projects, I have traveled from Cabo to Toronto and everywhere in between, but I couldn’t recall finding any place as beautiful as the Beekman Farm. I walked around the property pointing out shots I wanted to capture and obsessing over the perfect clouds that drifted overhead. I longed for a moment to sit on the porch and enjoy the graham cracker ice cream Brent was hand churning in the back yard. But instead, the next two days were spent chasing Brent, Josh, Farmer John, (and a pig later to be known as Bess) around the farm.
That first shoot was exactly one year ago today. And while Brent has still never allowed me to sit on the porch and enjoy a bowl of ice cream, I continue to find myself just as taken with the Beekman as I was the first time I pulled into the driveway. Thank you, Brent and Josh for an adventurous, humorous, and inspiring first year.
Happy Anniversary, boys.
Angela Rae Berg is the director of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Make nice-nice and she will give you all the behind-the-scenes dirt on what you didn’t see in the show.
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