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Spring is in the air and Coney Island’s Opening Day is a mere five weeks away, but this short film by Josh A. Kapusinski was shot when the beach and boardwalk were still blanketed with snow. “The King of Merriment is a film that explores the happiness and beauty of Coney Island and its regular visitors in full winter charm – mashed up and juxtaposed with archival footage from Coney in its heyday of the 1940s and 50s,” says the film-maker, an Emmy-­winning motion graphics designer.

We’re not usually a fan of mashups, but this one is very adeptly done. If some of the restaurants and shops that are open year-round were shown, it could be a promo for Coney Island in winter. Vivid, dreamlike sequences of people playing frisbee, bicycling, and walking in a snowy and silent Coney contrast with audio and video from a 1940’s travelogue in which the narrator describes “the place where Merriment is King.” Perhaps the most striking detail is vintage footage of Nathan’s hot dogs being cooked on a griddle projected onto the shuttered gates of Nathan’s Boardwalk eatery in winter.

For info on what to see and do in Coney Island before the rides open for the season on April 13th, check out our post “Coney Island Always: Visiting the Big CI Year-Round,” (ATZ, Sept. 13, 2013).

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Got a minute? This experimental short will take you from Coney Island to Times Square in just 60 seconds. Sights and sounds include “Stand clear of the closing doors, please,” the rumble and rattle of the Q train, snow being shoveled outside Ruby’s, snow being crunched underfoot, the caw of seagulls and the crash of the surf. Filmmaker David Patrick Alexander says he produced the video for Duy Linh Tu‘s Multimedia Story Telling Class at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. ATZ gives it high marks!

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Last October, Sherwin Akbarzadeh’s experimental film “I Had A Dream I Went to Coney Island” came all the way from Australia to premiere in Brooklyn at the 2009 Coney Island Film Festival. Now this evocative eight millimeter movie is up on YouTube as a submission for Berlin’s Road Junky Film Festival. You’ll catch a glimpse of the stars shining on Astroland’s vanished Surf Ave. Gate at 2:20…

The Road Junky Travel Film Festival is offering 1500 euros in prizes for five minute films that change the way we see the world. On May 28, travelers and film makers will converge in Berlin to screen their documentaries and stream them live over the internet as they’re shown. Submission deadline: April 10, 2010.

Call for entries for the 2010 Coney Island Film Festival, named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, is open as well. The 10th annual event is set for September 24-26, 2010 at Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum. Submission deadlines: April 23, 2010. Late deadline: June 25, 2010. Extended deadline: July 2, 2010. Check festival website for details.

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