Coney Island USA presents its 21 st annual Coney Island Film Festival, featuring 108 films. A spokesperson for Coney Island USA calls the festival “a stunning array of independent film, as diverse as the neighborhood it represents. Subjects range from the profound to the profane, showcasing the independent spirit and irreverent nature of the one and only Coney Island.”
The Coney Island Film Festival contains shorts, features, documentaries, animations, experimental, made in Coney Island, horror, and music videos, all categorized throughout 16 program blocks.
Highlight films in the Coney Island Film Festival are described as follows:
Fredgy Noel's comedy The Dogfriend
“Struck by the supreme loneliness of her circumstances, a young woman wishes for her dog to become her boyfriend and then endures the myriad consequences when her wish comes true.”
Todd Gordon's short Old Hen
“Henry, a septuagenarian cross-dresser, finds his life abruptly changed when Dolores, his long-time co-worker and closest friend, suddenly dies, forcing him to come to terms with losing the only person who truly accepts his cross-dressing.”
Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone's documentary Vinyl Nation
A deep dig into the crates of the vinyl record resurgence to discover what an old technology says about our relationship to music and each other in a divided time in America.
Mike Schiff's documentary The History of Metal and Horror
“A documentary that explores the history of heavy metal and horror, and how the two genres merged over time. The film features Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Kirk Hammett, John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Dave Mustaine, Jonathan Davis, Corey Taylor, and many more.”
Paul Syznol's documentary short I Want Everything
“At the age of 70, Larry "Ratso" Sloman releases his first album and records a tribute to a good friend.”
Miles G. Cohen and Seb Tuinder’s documentary short Mudlarker
“An injured school bus driver forced into retirement scavenges for survival at a radioactive beach in Brooklyn.”
Kevin Morales’s coming-of-age Generation Wrecks
“A coming-of-age comedy set in the spring of 1994.”
Bret Lada's thriller The Andy Baker Tape
“Reveals the last known footage of food blogger Jeff Blake and his half-brother Andy Baker.”
In person attendees are required to be vaccinated and wear masks.
For more information, visit the Coney Island USA website.
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