Coney Island Film Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 5pm
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. 2nd floor
Please Note: This venue is not wheelchair accessible.
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.
Ben : In The Mind's Eye
Iva Radivojevic, Brooklyn, NY, Documentary Short, 13:00
Ben is a diagnosed schizophrenic. Unable to fit into society's mold or support himself he finds home in music which keeps him alive and gives meaning to his life. Wanting desperately to express himself, he lends his thoughts in this film.
Seth Shire, New York, NY, Documentary Short, 9:00, World Premiere!
Scott Baker is New York's #1 department store Santa Claus. Scott is a true New York original whose warmth, kindness, eccentricity and humor have won him a world wide following of both children and grow-ups. In true cinema verite style, "Mad Santa" follows Scott as he brings seasonal cheer to "the faithful" and "first timers" while recounting bawdy tales from his many years on the job.
Just Passing By
Susanne Dollnig, New York, NY, Documentary Short, 14:22, Brooklyn Premiere!
Where do you come from? What makes you smile? What was your biggest loss? An Austrian filmmaker offers a cup of coffee and a conversation to people in New York City. Ordinary people have extraordinary tales to tell, as it turns out. All you have to do is listen.
Lindsay Lindenbaum , New York, NY, Documentary Short, 26:28
Home movies rarely tell the whole story of someone's life. Instead, they show fragments of a story that the person behind the camera hopes and imagines his life to be. Years later, when one's current reality has faded or has become too difficult to bear, one returns to these memories, to this abridged story, to one version of the past.
SCATTERED takes an unflinching look at the filmmaker's late father--a man who was fixated on documenting his life on film and who had been a mystery to her for most of her life--and unravels the story that he created with his camera, to reveal the story that actually was.
Bradly Dever Treadaway, Brooklyn, NY, Experimental, 4:46
Brad's Book is part of a series of videos investigating the dilution of a fleeting family history. In the piece we witness an attempt to gather the presumably ruined family portraits that float in a swimming pool. A voice-over indicates an intimacy with the subjects while addressing the limits of memory. The piece is developed with a hypnotic pacing and the mesmerizing sound of a seemingly non-present storm. Familial schisms seem to riddle the work as each figure is addressed alone, and the futility of an attempt to close generational gaps brings to head the role of personal perception in family lineage.
No Pizza for Sandy
Uladzimir Taukachou, Bayonne, NJ, Documentary Short, 8:53
No Pizza for Sandy is a Short Documentary film about Hurricane Sandy in October, 29 2012 on East Coast (New York and New Jersey). This documentary based on visual language and contains unique footage from many locations around New York and New Jersey area before, during and after the hurricane. There is No narration. Only montage of voices of different people from news reels.
Tal Shamir, New York, NY, Experimental, 3:00, World Premiere!
A short perspective on Hurricane Sandy's impact-blackout-aftermath in New York City, 2012, with the goal of evoking an overwhelming/stressful experience of the storm in 3 minutes.
Sarah Friedland, Elmhurst, NY, Experimental, 6:02, World Premiere!
Ricki Ticki is about the filmmakers Aunt Ricki’s struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s. For the last ten years of her life, she lived in a home for the aged overlooking Coney Island, ironically located a few blocks from where she was born. The piece uses her loss of memory and character as a metaphor for the redevelopment and the changing memory of Coney Island's landscape.