Coney Island Film Festival - Coney Island Films

Sunday, September 22, 2013- 6pm
Sideshows By The Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave.
Ground floor

Tickets are $7. Purchase at the door.

Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. There are no extra service fees to purchase in advance. All tickets sales are non-refundable.

NOTE: No tickets will be mailed no matter what shipping method you choose, they are available at Will Call, on the day of the screening.

Paley Whaley Beaches Himself
Jose Maldonado, Alan Steiner, Brooklyn, NY, Animation, 2:43,
Brooklyn Premiere!


After his parents leave him behind, Paley Whaley chases a Shrimp boat until he passes out from exhaustion. He inadvertently beaches himself on the Coney Island beach. He runs from animal control as he is chased through the amusement park, then he goes to Manhattan.

Break Through It All
Jodie Rae Plaut, Brooklyn, NY, Music Video, 3:12, World Premiere!

Jodie Rae Plaut and her band, Delusions of Grand Street, have done it again with a whimsical stop-motion love story set in their favorite Brooklyn playground, Coney Island. Can J.Rae win over the monster she adores with a catchy pop song and an amazing guitar solo before he burns everything to the ground? Tune in as Delusions of Grand Street try to Break Through It All.

The B&B Carousell at Coney Island
Vic Losick, New York, NY, Documentary Short, 3:31, World Premiere!


The B&B Carousell is a 3.5 minute, exciting and rapid-paced, time-lapse video of the installation of the newly restored classic ride on Coney Island’s Steeplechase Plaza.

Lighting The Jump
Jim McDonnell, Brooklyn NY, Documentary Short, 9:00, World Premiere!


Lighting the Jump is a look at the 2013 project to relight the Coney Island parachute jump tower.  The film provides a brief history of the structure; how it came to Coney Island; and its operation as a ride from 1941 through 1964. It explores the hard work and dedication it took to light the 282 foot "Eiffel Tower" of Brooklyn.  

Coney Island Memories
Steven Bamberg, Newtown CT, Documentary Short, 20:00,
World Premiere!


The film takes us through a brief history of the filmmaker's childhood and then through his period as a lifeguard in Coney Island. Through these memories commonalities between cultures are discussed as well as aging, nostalgia and the fear of letting go.

Opening Day at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park and The Cyclone 2009
Lou Dembrow, New York, NY, Documentary Short, 12:00, World Premiere!


The opening day festivities begin with local politicians hamming it up! Visit Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and The Cyclone to experience the fun, Coney Island style.

Sammy's 80th Birthday Party at Ruby's 2007
Lou Dembrow, New York, NY, Documentary Short, 4:30, World Premiere!


For years, Sammy Rodriguez ran things at Ruby's Bar during the summer. After Ruby Jacobs passed away, his daughters, Cindy and Melody and son-in-law Michael took over the place. Even though Sammy has been retired for 5 years, they throw him a birthday party and the well wishers stop by.

The Storm
Charles Denson, Berkeley, Ca , Documentary Short, 20:00,
World Premiere!


Charles Denson's documentation of Hurricane Sandy shows rare and dramatic footage of the storm coming ashore on the evening of October 29, 2012. The film covers preparation for the storm, the surge at Coney Island and Sea Gate, and the storm's aftermath.

Last Ride...First Ride
Daniel Turkewitz, New York, NY, Documentary Short, 13:10,
Brooklyn Premiere!


Only days after the end of the season party, Hurricane Sandy destroys the Coney Island bumper cars along with much of the region. Will it reopen for another season?

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