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Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

Videos

Official trailer

Overview

Genre
Contemporary Issues, Politics, Social Issues, Human Interest, and History
Synopsis

A story about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, ZIPPER chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly operates a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district.

When his rented lot is snatched up by an opportunistic real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the world-famous destination. Be it an affront to history or simply the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake.

In an increasingly corporate landscape, where authenticity is often sacrificed in the interest of economic growth, the Zipper may be just the beginning of what is lost.

Stage
finished
Running time
72 minutes

Credits

  • Amy Nicholson ... Producer/Director
  • Mark Schwartzbard ... Cinematographer
  • Ruben O'Malley ... Cinematographer
  • Laura Israel ... Supervising Editor
  • Jonah Moran ... Editor
  • John Young ... Editor
  • Judy Karp ... Sound Recordist
  • Jose Araujo ... Sound Recordist
  • Francisco Latorre ... Sound Recordist
  • Mick Rossi ... Composer
  • Fernanda Rossi ... Story Consultant
  • Katy Jabobs ... Associate Producer
  • Jerry Risus ... Director of Photography

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Myrtle & Olive
Country
United States
Years of Production
2007-2011
Locations
Brooklyn, NY; Wichita, Kansas; Tela, Honduras

Distribution Details

Release year
2012
Festivals
DOC NYC, Big Sky, First Time, Salem, Atlanta, Montclair, Sidewalk, DocUtah, Big Eddy, Tallgrass, Indie Memphis, Oxford, Garden State
Awards
Special Jury Prize, DOC NYC; Poster Prize, Indie Memphis; Best Editing, First Time Fest
Distribution
Distributed by The Cinema Guild; Released at the IFC in New York; Leammle Theater, in Los Angeles, Stranger Than Fiction
Broadcast (Acq.)
THIRTEEN (PBS)
Language
English
Subtitles
Spanish

Photos

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