Anyone who followed the story of the grisly murder of Ted Ammon and its aftermath had to wonder at one point: “What happened to the children?”
Mr. Ammon was bludgeoned to death in his East Hampton house at 59 Middle Lane in October 2001. Generosa Ammon, his estranged wife at the time, married Daniel Pelosi, the man who was ultimately convicted of his murder. They eventually split up and a month later, in 2003, she died of breast cancer.
In happier times, the Ammons had adopted twins from Ukraine named Greg and Alexa. In the documentary “59 Middle Lane,” Greg Ammon, who is now a filmmaker, set out to tell their story of reconnecting with the past, both with their adopted parents, whom they remember from their childhood in the United States, and with the life they left behind as toddlers in Ukraine. The film was shown on Friday and Monday as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
The children were 10 when their father was killed and 12 when their mother died. Their adoptive paternal aunt, Sandra Williams, gained custody of them in 2005. They appear to have had a very warm and loving relationship with her and her husband.
They are now in their early 20s, and the documentary follows them as they travel first to their aunt’s house in Alabama and then back to the house in East Hampton, which appears to have been unoccupied since their mother died. As they readjust and let the memories come back, they plan for a journey back to Ukraine to find their relatives and reconnect with them.
The journey is full of awkward and tender moments and the siblings, who at first seem a bit lost and self-conscious, fully open themselves up to the camera and allow viewers into their wayward, uneasy, and ultimately affirming walkabout.
A trailer for the film can be seen at 59middlelane.com.