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In 1970, a German tourist on his first trip to New York shot this Super 8 film in Coney Island. It offers a tantalizing glimpse of the Bowery’s original arcade architecture, since destroyed by fires, and the Playland Arcade on the Boardwalk, where Nathan’s is now. You’ll also see Astroland’s Skyride and Astrotower as well as Ward’s Fairyland Park-now Deno’s Kiddie Park. Only the Wonder Wheel, which is emblazoned with a banner saying “Our 50th Year,” and the Cyclone roller coaster, look the same today. Just wish the film was longer!


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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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