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21st Annual Coney Island Movie Festival is live once again

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A detail from “Hybrid,” an animated film to be proven at the Coney Island Film Competition. Image by Steve Lapcevic

The 21st annual installment of the Coney Island Movie Competition — the 1st reside model of the pageant in two many years — hits the shores of Coney Island from Saturday, Sept. 18 by Sunday, Sept. 19, and online at xerb.television from Sept. 18 by way of 25.

This year’s competition features 108 films from about the world a spectacular array of impartial films, as varied as the community it represents. “Subjects assortment from the profound to the profane, showcasing the independent spirit and irreverent mother nature of Coney Island,” in accordance to a assertion by the organizers. 

Movies will be revealed at Coney Island USA’s Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum, both equally found inside of the landmarked Coney Island United states building at 1208 Surf Ave., between Stillwell Avenue and West 12th Road. All attendees need to be vaccinated and masks are expected.

The Coney Island Movie Pageant will give a assortment of attributes, documentaries, animation, experimental films, horror films and audio video clips unfold throughout 16 program blocks. There will also be some “Made in Coney Island” movies.

In 1 of the shorts, Fredgy Noel’s comedy “The Dogfriend,” a young woman needs for her canine to become her boyfriend and then endures the myriad consequences when her would like arrives accurate. 

A group watches a demonstrating at the 2019 Coney Island Film Pageant. Picture by Norman Blake

In a further, Todd Gordon’s drama brief “Old Hen,” Henry, a septuagenarian cross-dresser, finds his life abruptly adjusted when Dolores, his very long-time co-employee and closest good friend, all of a sudden dies, forcing him to arrive to conditions with dropping the only human being who truly accepts his cross-dressing.

The Brooklyn Premiere of Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone’s “Vinyl Nation” is just one of the documentary highlights. “Vinyl Nation” is a dig into the crates of the vinyl record resurgence to explore what an old technologies suggests about our relationship to songs and every other in a divided time in The united states. 

The competition will also current the New York premiere of Mike Schiff’s “The History of Steel and Horror” a documentary that explores the record of large steel and horror and how the two genres merged more than time. The film capabilities superstar Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Kirk Hammett, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Dave Mustaine, Jonathan Davis, Corey Taylor and a lot of extra.

Among the documentary shorts are Paul Szynol’s “I Want Everything” about movie star journalist Larry “Ratso” Sloman, who has unveiled his initial album at the age of 70 and “Mudlarker,” co-directed by Miles G. Cohen and Seb Tuinder, in which an injured school bus driver forced into retirement scavenges for survival at a radioactive seaside in Brooklyn.

Introduction at the 2019 Coney Island Movie Competition. Image by Norman Blake

Highlights of the “Narrative Features” group includes the New York Premiere of “Generation Wrecks” directed by Kevin Morales, A coming-of-age comedy established in the spring of 1994 and the New York Premiere of Bret Lada’s thriller “The Andy Baker Tape,” that reveals the very last recognised footage of meals blogger Jeff Blake and his 50 percent-brother Andy Baker.

The common Horror Shorts group returns all over again this year with two systems on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fifteen films from the strange to the macabre are sure to scare and spook the audience. 

Wrapping up the festival’s final screening block on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. is “Coney Island Films”, showcasing movies centered and themed all over Coney Island.

For additional details, pay a visit to coneyislandfilmfestival.com.