Coney Island Film Festival to honor Darren Aronofsky

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:51 Written by  Eric Walkuski
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Darren Aronofsky

The 10th annual installment of the Coney Island Film Festival hits the shores of Coney Island from Friday, September 24th through Sunday, September 26th. This year's festival features 90 films from around the world; a stunning array of high and low-brow fare, 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.

On Sunday, September 26th at 5pm inside the Coney Island Museum, the festival organizers will honor South Brooklyn born auteur Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Pi). Immediately following the ceremony, the festival will screen Aronofsky's harrowing masterpiece Requiem for a Dream.

Documentary Feature highlights include JL Aronson's Last Summer at Coney Island, with the future of “America’s playground” hanging in the balance, an amusement park operator and a local historian work to save Coney Island from becoming an ersatz copy of its former self, an empty lot, or even worse, a shopping mall. Gary Beeber's Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque explores the outrageous world of the performers who created the new burlesque scene in New York City. Dennis W. Ho's Ministry in the Subway, an intimate look at a tangle of relationships revolving around a Times Square Subway Pastor living at the intersection of unquestioning faith and unexamined motivations.

Feature film highlights include the New York Premiere of James McKenney's Horror Film Satan Hates You. Inspired by films from the golden age of Christian “scare” cinema, Satan Hates You is a graphic horror film that tells the stories of two individuals and their personal struggles with Lucifer himself. Starring Angus Scrimm (Phantasm), Reggie Bannister (Bubba Ho-Tep), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet) and Larry Fessenden (Habit). CIFF presents Steve Staso's Cellar, using intimate and imaginative cinematography to create a vibrant depiction of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, director Steve Staso unveils a moving and lyrical tale where three very different lives intersect to find friendship and redemption. Billy Sharff's The Sparrow and the Tigress , With a haunting soundtrack from Pulitzer Prize winner Ornette Coleman, and striking black and white photography from first-time writer/director Sharff, The Sparrow and the Tigress takes us into the shadows of a Coney Island underworld where past, present, reality and fantasy collide. In keeping with annual tradition, the festival will screen the 1979 Coney Island classic The Warriors at 10:30pm on Saturday, September 25th.

For a complete list of the Coney Island Film Festival slate, head right on over HERE.

Have you ever been fortunate enough to hang out in Coney Island?

Source: Coney Island Film Festival

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