Rich Calder, in NY Post's Brooklyn blog writes, "Director JL Aronson's ambitious documentary, "Last Summer at Coney Island," exquisitely portrays the ongoing push over the past few years to revive the gritty seaside amusement district as the bumpy roller coaster ride it's been."
see the rest of the press release after the jump
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3:20pm (Q&A w/ filmmakers and special guests follows the screening)
Tribeca Cinemas -- as part of the ACE (American Cinematic Experience) Film Festival
54 Varick St., NY, NY 10014www.acefest.com
Here's the backstory:
2007. Coney Island is known throughout the world as the birthplace of the hot dog, the roller coaster and—broadly speaking—popular culture. But Coney Island is not what it used to be and the area has lingered for years as a specter of its former magnificence. As one local artist puts it, “The things that are NOT there are more there than the things that ARE there.”
Now, after years of false starts, change is coming to Coney Island. Come Hell or high water, the city of New York is determined to revitalize the once glorious, world capitol of amusements. Meanwhile, a private developer with dubious motives has been purchasing every square foot of land he can get his hands on. The neighborhood’s residents, along with the amusement community and the millions who cherish Coney Island’s legacy are left wondering what will happen next. Seaside salvation or Brooklyn boondoggle? History will decide but this film is the first draft. "Last Summer at Coney Island" juxtaposes images of the past and present with interviews and observervations featuring many of the key players in this transformation.
Featuring: Charles Denson of the Coney Island History Project, Carol Hill Albert of Astroland Amusement Park, Dick Zigun of Coney Island USA, Dianna Carlin of Lola Star Souvenir Boutique, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. of the New York City Council, Lynn Kelly of the Coney Island Development Corporation, Chuck Reichenthal of Community Board 13 and Dennis Vourderis of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park.