Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Coney Events: Halloween Spooktacular

Coney Island USA is throwing open its doors for a horrifying evening of Halloween hijinx and fiendish fundraising, and you’re invited. The ghoulishly gifted Adam Rinn and that terrifying temptress Legs Malone will preside over the festivities including all your favorite Burlesque Beauoooties, Sideshow spooks and Variety vampires!

Coney Island USA Halloween Benefit
Hallowen Spooktacular
October 24, 2009
8pm to midnight
Tickets: $20 Advance
$25 day of the Event
at the Coney Island USA 1208 Surf Ave.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Thor's Hurriane Proof Tents Can't Handle Nor-Easter Winds

Image courtesy of Captain Nemo (CIUSA message board)

Thor Equities Flea By The Sea non-festival had a very slow start as their naked tent structures awaited reinstallation of the tarps that were hurricane proof. For weeks the tent tenants waited. Now that the season closed and the flea market ended without a memorable season proof shows us that tents were of the same weak structure as previously installed. A few winds this season close has left the unattended tents sagging and ripping in the small winds. As Captain Nemo shows us through his pictures posted on the Coney Island USA message board, Thor Equities has demonstrated that they continue to neglect their property and has still not removed their tents and get out.

We hope Thor Equities finally sells to the city and end their hold on Coney Island.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Flickr Convoy: Cool Slumming On The Boardwalk

Image courtesy of Freaklance / KC Flickr Group

As the Coney fall and winter starts to roll by, pro-year-round activists will reconfirm their desires while slumming through their dismal Coney winter's non-season - yearning for bowling alleys and indoor water parks, north-Brooklyn photographers will arrive in the droves to record what always seems to be the last year for Coney 'as we know it', greedy land speculators will generate new ideas to take over what seemed to be a piece of cake to cash in on, city officials will continue to stand defiant utilizing underdeveloped parcels of the city as token pieces to push through their agendas, and genuine Coney lovers will unravel the mess of Coney's saga and restrategize their next move to save a place they have no power over and which they can only dream of while sitting tired on a boardwalk bench looking helpless out onto the ocean.

Hopefully new light will shed on Coney in the coming months that will brighten its future and the people who stand by its soul and integrity.

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Kinetic Carnival Flickr Group to add your Coney Island images and have them featured on this blog.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Coney And Beyond Music Vid: "Feed The Machine" Starring Rev. Billy

Brought to our attention by Coney gal Ruby's Host. A video starring Rev Billy who is a NY City advocate who also shares our plea to save Coney Island, and who opposes the greed machine of corporatism that is taking over our culturally diverse city.

The Dutch band Soulstar has released their new video, "Feed the Machine", feat uring the holy gospel of Rev. Billy Talen and the Church of Life After Shopping! "Feed the Machine" presents a consumer society going haywire. We're thrilled to have our work applied to some hot electronic

Feed the Machine (Soulstar feat. Rev. Billy) from Soulstar on Vimeo.

Boom-A-Ring An Annual Event For Coney?

After a hugely successful run the folks at the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus want to make their Coney Island Boom-A-Ring show an annual event at Coney Island.
The Northeast Regional Public Relations Manager for Feld Entertainment, Inc., Paulina Piekarski, told the New York Post, “It makes sense for many reasons to come back to Coney Island, many of which are more than economic”.

Their still needs to be negotiations with their favorite Coney Island landlord as of yet; Taconic Investment. The know not to entertain any business with Thor Equities. Something learned from their attempt this past summer with the untrustworthy, "developer"/land speculator Joe Sitt.

The New York Post wrote:

The Boom-A-Ring’s arrival to Coney Island at the start of the summer came with much fanfare as Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Council member Domenic Recchia joined Mayor Mike Bloomberg at Nathan’s Famous for a few celebratory hot dogs.

Piekarski called the summer engagement “wonderful” and said that ticket sales “exceeded expectations.”

Though PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will most likely strike up a small tent of their own every summer to house their protesters, the show should be expected to thrive in Coney on an annual basis.

Let's hope the 'Elephant vs. Man Bun Eating Contest' and the 'FDNY's Elephant Bathing on Surf Avenue also become annual events of their own.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Halloween A-Scarium At The NY Aquarium

Dress up the family and join us for our annual Halloween celebration, occurring over two special weekends. Learn all about monsters of the deep while you enjoy games, prizes, and arts and crafts. Beginning October 10, experience our Haunted Sea-fari Perils of the Sea.

Special Offer: A child age 3-12 wearing a wildlife costume will receive a free General Admission ticket when accompanied by an adult purchasing any full-priced adult admission ticket. Limit one free child per paying adult.

Activities take place noon–4:00 p.m.

A-Scarium Activities
Haunted Sea-fari Perils of the Sea
Pumpkin-carving Demonstrations
Treat Stations
New 4-D Movie!

For full information visit the NY Aquarium website!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Award Winners Of The 2009 Coney Island Film Festival

Image courtesy of Norman Blake (CIFF)
Left to Right: Brian Paccione, Jake Armstrong, Michelle Brundige (Grizlet), Jack de Sousa (Grizlet), Howie Alex, Craig Butta, Charles Denson

2009 Award Winners

Best Feature: "Sea Legs", Craig Butta
Best Short: "Basket Bronx", Martin Rosete
Best Documentary Feature: "The Prince of Mermaid Avenue", by Charles Denson
Best Documentary Short: "Young at Heart", Brian Paccione
Best Experimental: "Who Shot Coney Island?", Howie Alex
Best Silent Film: "The Institute of Seance", Kevin Corcoran
Best Animateion: "The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9!", Jake Armstrong

Best Music Video: "Blue Sky", Kaiser Cartel, Grizlet
Best "Made in Coney Island": "The Poor Man's Follies", Micropunta

Monday, October 05, 2009

Coney Events: Kustom Carshow at Coney Island

Special Show at The Freakbar Featuring:
The Turbo A.C.s
The Brains
The Arkhams

Kustom Carshow at Coney Island!
Open to Pre ’64 Hot Rods and Kustoms. Carshow Parking from 3pm to 10pm on West 12th St Between Surf Ave & The Boardwalk.

The Rumbler Car Club Presents "The Sideshow"
Saturday, October 17, 2009
3 pm

at Coney Island USA 1208 Surf Ave.

Flickr Convoy: Pale Hat Peir Jumpers

Image courtesy of Pablo57 / KC Flickr Pool

Fashion statements and free spirits on the boardwalk come on a daily basis.
Join the Kinetic Carnival Flickr Group to add your Coney Island images and have them featured on this blog.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

2009 Coney Island Film Festival Line Up For Sunday Oct. 4th

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fight Day
Chris Cassidy, Brooklyn NY, USA. Documentary Short, 6:30

Are You Happy?
Jonathan Berman, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Documentary Short, 6:15

Finding Meeky: A Fragmentary History
Roy Kohn, Toronto ON, Canada. Documentary Short, 13:47

Bay Rizz "Rescue"
Mike Rizzo , Brooklyn NY, USA. Documentary Short, Mockumentary, 4:53

Outside the Last Game at Yankee Stadium
Chris DePierro, West New York NJ, USA. Documentary Short, 22:00

The Retired Chef
David Elinson, Brooklyn NY, USA. Documentary Short, 4:00

No Strings Attached
Lisa Whitmer, San Francisco, CA, USA. Documentary Short, 37:00

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Coney Island Films

'Blue Sky' Kaiser
Cartel Grizlet, Brooklyn NY, USA. Music Video, 3:41

End of the Line
Melody Idakaar, Landing, NJ, USA. Documentary Short, 6:21

Against The Tide
Doug Durant , West Babylon, NY, USA. Documentary Short, 8:00

Young At Heart
Brian Paccione, Poughkeepsie NY, USA. Documentary Short, 12:29 (Pictured)

The Poor Man's Follies
micropunta, Milano, Italy. Documentary Feature, 60:00

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Here's Herbie
Mary Wickliffe, Los Angeles CA, USA. Narrative Short, 11:07

8 Days Later
Jun Naito, Brooklyn NY, USA. Comedy Short, 10:55

Real Gone
Johnny Von Golden, Brooklyn NY, USA. Experimental, 5:36

Far From Home
Christian Amundson, Brooklyn NY, USA. Silent Film, 7:00

Mermaids of New York: Bambi the Mermaid
Ilise S. Carter, Mica Scalin, New York NY, USA. Documentary Short, 10:00

The Dishwashers "Sweetcheeks"
Simona Prives, Brooklyn, NY, USA, Music Video, 1:34

Ed Hamell Rant & Roll
Kate Valentine, Brooklyn NY, USA. Documentary Feature

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!
Jake Armstrong, Brooklyn NY, USA. Animation, 5:45

Slim and Lena
Mollye Asher, New York NY, USA. Narrative Short, 11:46

True Beauty This Night
Peter Besson, Sherman Oaks CA, USA. Comedy Short, 10:00

Shoebox Redhead
Matthew Lawrence, Toms River NJ, USA. Comedy Short, 15:00

Pirates of the Broadway: Part Deux
Laura Newman, Brooklyn NY, USA. Comedy Short, 7:30

Good Old Days
Seamus McNally, New York NY, USA. Narrative Short, 12:22

Cesar Salad
L. Gabrielle Penabaz, New York NY, USA. Narrative Short, 12:40

Daniel Segal, Santiago Chile, Comedy Short, 12:13

Test Music Video
Robert Powers, Woodside NY, USA. Animation, 4:23

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Zachary Levy, New York, NY, Documentary Feature, 113 minutes

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Kimberly Scott, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, Brooklyn NY, USA. Documentary Short, 4:48

Medicine Man
Himkar Tak, New York NY. Narrative Short, 19:57

Basket Bronx
Martin Rosete, Madrid, Spain, Narrative Short, 14:00

Clark Johnson, Scenarios USA, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 16:58

Father's Day
Brian Rolling, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 21:02

Mark Lediard, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Narrative Short, 9:30

Ronnie Cramer, Denver Co, USA. Experimental, 4:24

F... That
Oliver Conrad, St. Moritz, Switzerland. Music Video. 3:30

Sensations of the Season
Jan Stephens, Portsmouth Hampshire, UK. Animation 5:08 (pictured)

For full ticketing, scheduling, and film entry descriptions visit the Coney Island Film Festival website.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

2009 Coney Island Film Festival Line Up For Saturday Oct. 3rd

Saturday, October 3, 2009
1:00 pm

Flying Pumpkins, The Legend of Punkin Chunkin
Costa Mantis, Thousand Oaks Ca, USA. Documentary Feature, 88:00
Come along and have some fun with an unlikely assortment of men, women and children who share a common passion - making pumpkins fly! Did you know that the current world record for a flying pumpkin is 4,428.34 feet? Do you dare indulge yourself in pure, silly, unadulterated fun? These folks do - and you should see the fun they have doing it! 'Flying Pumpkins, The Legend of Punkin Chunkin' chronicles their shared passions and the fun they have making pumpkins fly.

Saturday, October 3, 2009
2:00 pm

Somewhere Between Here and There
Liss Platt, Hamilton, On, Canada. Experimental, 10:30 (pictured)

The Double
Joseph Christiana, Hopatcong NJ, USA, Narrative Short, 9:00

What Is She To You?
Alden Burgess, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 11:09

I Don't Sleep I Dream
J.P. Chan, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 16:23

Ramen Cromwell, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 11:52

The Beneficiary
Theodore Melfi, Santa Monica, CA, USA. Narrative Short - 17:59

There's No Justice, It's Just Us
Glen Steinmacher, North Bergen, NJ, USA. Animation, 3:50

Saturday, October 3, 2009
3:00 pm

Brooklyn Force
Adam Bertocci, Bronxville NY, USA. Comedy Short, 12:53

Small Time
Jason Godbey, Brooklyn NY, USA. Comedy Short, 6:34

Silent Treatment
Jonathan Rothell, Shreveport LA , USA. Comedy Short, 6:30

Around the Block
Valerie Harrington, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 23:30

The Vaudevillian
Bryan Nest, Orange, CA, USA. Narrative Short, 17:00 (pictured)

Ryan Pearce, Plainview NY, USA. Narrative Short, 23:20

Got A Mind
Jim Riffel, New York NY, USA.
Music Video, 3:48

Saturday, October 3, 2009
4:00 pm

Coney Island Films

Koolkidz Music Video: Positive
Jivana P. Condak, Brooklyn NY, USA. Music Video, 5:00

The Tin Soldier
Jennifer Suhr, New Yo
rk, NY, USA. Narrative Short, 5:00

Who Shot Coney Island?
Howie Alex , New York NY. Experimental, 5:30

I Had a Dream I Went to Coney Island
Sherwin Akbarzadeh , Australia. Experimental, 4:11

The Heart of Coney Isla
Melanie Schiele, Brooklyn NY, USA. Documentary Short, 7:00

Woman on a Train
Joel Fendelman, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 9:20

The Mermaid Parade 2008

James Ford Nussbaum, Randolph, NJ, USA. Experimental, 6:00

Presque Isle
John D. Reilly, Erie, PA, US. Silent Film, 2:10

Jigsaw Soul - 'Cockroach Hotel'
Christopher Piazza, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Music Video. 3:55

It's All Here, It's All Real, It's All Alive!!!
Bianca Ahmadi & Kevin Chicas, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Experimental, 6:00

Frank Sidebottom Saves Coney Island
Brian Little, Chris Sievey, UK. Music Video, 2:16 (pictured)

Palmflower - Buried Under
Stacey Goldschmidt, Ray Borchers, Chicago, IL, USA. Music Vid
eo. 3:28

Coney Island 2057
Andrea Farkas, Janusz Swiatczak, Hempstead, NY USA. Experimental

Saturday, October 3, 2009
5:00 pm

Friends (with benefits)
Gorman Bechard, Hamden CT, Narrative Feature, 93 minutes

Friends (with benefits) is a feature-length romantic comedy for all those allergic to romance, and for all who have come of (sexual) age in this cynical time of hook-ups, break-ups, and serial amour.

FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS) is a tale of sexual identity and true love; of controversy and relationships redefined; a thinking person’s romantic comedy (with belly-laughs).

Saturday, October 3, 2009
6:00 pm


Horn Dog
Bill Plympton , New York, NY. Animation, 4:30

Art Film
Amos Posner, New York NY, USA. Comedy Short, 3:30

Joe Zito, New York, NY. Comedy Short, 13:46

Lindsay Greer, Carbondale IL, USA. Experimental, 2:10

Attackazoids, Deploy!!
Brian Lonano, Staten Island NY, USA. Narrative Short, 4:16 (pictured)

Silent Film Star vs The Undead
Michael Pierce , Brooklyn NY, USA. Comedy Short, 10:40

Las Historias Mas Sexy Del Mundo! No.2 aka The Sexiest Stories on Earth!
Eric Cheevers, Washington ,DC, USA. Comedy Short, 14:30

Randy Scott Slavin, New York NY, USA. Music Video, 3:40

Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Rights Movement
Laura Moss, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Comedy Short, Mockumentary, 27:45

Piece of Meat

Matt Conant, Norristown, PA, USA. Music Video. 4:00

Saturday, October 3, 2009
7:00 pm

The Release of Jan
Jordan Roettele, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrat
ive Short, 14:00

Sea Legs
Craig Butta, Brooklyn NY, USA. Feature, 75:00 (pictured)

Saturday, October 3, 2009
8:00 pm
Horror Films

X-Mess Detritus

Voltaire, New York, NY, USA. Animation, 1:30

The Institute of Seance
Kevin Corcoran, Media PA, USA. Silent, Horror, 9:10

The Babysitter
Kristen Gray, Astoria, NY. Narrative Short, Horror, 5:06

Rafael De Leon Jr., Bronx NY, USA. Narrative Short, Horror, 5:25

The Fairy Princess
Stephen Lyman, New York NY, USA. Narrative Short, Horror, 14:35

Dead Sucks
Elias, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, Horror, 8:50

Death In Charge

Devi Snively, Mishawaka, IN, USA. Narrative Short, Horror. 14:53

Mike Madigan, Troy MI, USA. Comedy Short, Horror. 10:00

Soham Mehta, Austin TX, USA. Narrative Short, Horr
or. 12:55

Davey Sherwinter, New York NY, USA. Narrative Short, Horror. 8:08

Paper Dolls Live in Glass Houses
Jonny Von Golden, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, Horror. 12:39

Ice Cream Sunday
Victor Bonacore, Montclair, NJ, USA. Narrative Short, Horror. 17

Saturday, October 3, 2009
9:00 pm

Day at Red Hook
Greg Kotis, Brooklyn NY, USA. Narrative Short, 5:16 (pictured)

Red Hook
Elizabeth Lucas, Brooklyn NY, USA. Feature, 85:00

Saturday, October 3, 2009
10:30 pm
Special Screening: "The Warriors"

The Warriors
A Coney Island cult classic. Every year we pack the house and wouldn't you know it, it becomes an interactive film going experience! People reciting lines, loud applause, clanging beer bottles. CAN YOU DIG IT?? Advance ticket purchase strongly suggested to avoid sell out. We are the only venue in the Coney Island Amusement zone to screen this Coney Island Classic. See it in the actual neighborhood it was shot in!

For full ticketing, scheduling, and film entry descriptions visit the Coney Island Film Festival website.